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More Than 10,000 Detainees Released in Iraq this Year

By VOA News
02 August 2008

The U.S. military in Iraq says it has released more than 10,000 detainees from facilities in the country so far this year - more than were released in all of 2007.

In a statement released Saturday the military credits the higher release rate to a program designed to better integrate detainees into society. They say less than one percent of those released have been detained again.

The military says it is currently holding slightly less than 21,000 detainees in two different facilities in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the military says coalition forces Saturday detained 12 suspected terrorists, including two wanted men, during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leaders.

Coalition forces detained an al-Qaida leader in Tikrit, about 160 kilometers north of Baghdad. Another leader was taken during an operation in the capital. Suspects were also captured in Balad and Mosul.

On Friday, The Iraqi military reported its soldiers killed at least two militants and detained six others in fighting north of Baghdad.

Iraqi officials say three soldiers also were wounded Friday during the raids in the town of Duluiyah.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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