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.