|Published:||Jul 15, 2010 12:04 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 15, 2010 9:06 AM EDT|
BAGHDAD (AP) - The United States has handed over the last
detention facility under its control to Iraqi authorities.
The move is a milestone in Iraq's push for complete sovereignty
seven years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein.
Thursday's transfer of Camp Cropper - renamed Karkh Prison -
also marks the end of a troubling chapter in a U.S. presence in the
country that was blighted by the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon, the head of U.S. detention facilities in
Iraq, says 1,500 detainees are in the prison. He says the United
States is holding on to another 200 detainees, including eight
former regime members.
They will be held separately in an area of the former base
called Compound 5.