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Since the onset of the war in Iraq, the U.S. has detained over 100,000 people in Iraq. Very few have been charged with crimes.

Now, as the U.S. prepares to hand over the detention system to the Iraqis, thousands are expected to be freed this summer. Why?

[B]ecause there is little or no evidence against them.

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As part of an agreement between the two countries that took effect Jan. 1, Iraqi authorities have begun reviewing the cases of the detainees to decide whether to free them or press charges. About 13,300 remain behind barbed wire in U.S. custody in Iraq.

But Iraqi judges have issued detention orders to prosecute only 129 of the 2,120 cases they have finished reviewing so far this year — or about 6 percent, according to U.S. military data. As of Thursday, 1,991 detainees had been freed since Jan. 1.

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      Sounds like good news to me... (5.00 / 0) (#1)
      by kdog on Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 08:33:40 PM EST
      absent any evidence you can't keep people in cages, period.  I would hope that is a firm line in the sand.  Hopefully we speed it up and don't impede it.

      6 years...what is left to say?  We're staying until we go broke or get chased out.  May as well be the best occupiers we can be.