US now detaining 18,000 prisoners in Iraq

Blessed are the peacemakers:

The United States currently holds some 18,000 detainees in two US-run Iraqi detention facilities, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper, the Washington Post reported Sunday, citing US military sources. In the past month, the US has increased security in Baghdad, leading to an additional 1,000 arrests. The detainees are considered “enemy combatants”, similar to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and are typically held for about a year. Some 8,000 of the current detainees have nonetheless been jailed for longer than a year and around 1,300 have been detained for two years. In 2006, the US military held fewer than 10,000 Iraqis.


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