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U.S. Military says it may abandon Abu Ghraib for safer location

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posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 10:14 AM
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Incessant attacks against Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison may force the U.S. military to return the facility to Iraq's government and take their own high-security prisoners to a safer place, a U.S. military official said.



"The reason we would like to move our operations from Abu Ghraib is that it has been regularly targeted with attacks from insurgents. The new facility would be within the larger Baghdad International Airport complex, making it less susceptible to attacks,'' Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for Iraq Detention Operations, told The Associated Press.

As the U.S. mulls over a plan to pull out of the notorious facility, located on the outskirts of the capital, U.S. military figures show that a crackdown against insurgents before and after Jan. 30's landmark parliamentary elections has bloated Iraq's prison system to the breaking point.

Plans for moving the prison, however, are not yet final, Johnson said. The military, he added, will continue to the notorious facility "for the foreseeable future.''

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US may "abandon" abu gharib for "a safer location"?
now where might that be?
most of the notorious military prisons are not on american soil.
they are in iraq, afganistan, cuba and somewhere we dont even know.

There are three such facilities in Iraq, Camp Bucca near the southern city of Umm Qasr and Camp Cropper at the Baghdad International Airport complex

but all of these fascilities are almost full!
so if they abandon one prison, there will be a real room problem for all the inmates.

At 3,200 inmates, Abu Ghraib has already surpassed the 2,500 people it was designed to incarcerate. Camp Bucca has 5,750 detainees, 550 more than its capacity. Camp Cropper, which holds 110 high-profile detainees, including former dictator Saddam Hussein, is the only prison that is not yet overpopulated.

the first problem is, that abu gharib prison is in the city of baghdad, and is often the target of the insurgents, who are probably trying to rescue some of their arrested mates.

The facility has come under repeated attack from insurgents. In April, a barrage of 28 mortars rounds killed 22 prisoners and injured 91.

the second problem is the prisons infamous reputation.

Abu Ghraib became infamous because of an abuse scandal that unfolded there after the publication last April of photographs showing naked, terrified Iraqi prisoners being mistreated and humiliated by U.S. military guards.

[edit on 9-3-2005 by Souljah]




posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 10:17 AM
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I wonder if we will ever really know the location of the new prison.

I mean, after what happened at Abu Ghraib i'd imagine they'd want to keep the prison on a very low-profile.



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