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Late next month, the U.S. military is also expected to complete a new detention facility called Fort Suse to hold 2,000 detainees at a Russian-built former military barracks near Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, officials said.
There now are about 12,000 prisoners jailed in U.S. military detention facilities in Iraq, officials said. About 10,800 are at Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper, with the rest detained at smaller facilities operated by various U.S. military brigades and divisions, officials added.
The paratroopers might serve in a site-protection role at the main prisons, provide security in transporting prisoners from one place to another, Army officials said, while a small number could serve as prison guards.