Abu Ghraib prison totally empty

"There's not a single prisoner left there," said Deputy Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim.

Abu Ghraib prison totally empty

"We are currently in the process of transferring the Abu Ghraib facility back to the Government of Iraq. For operational security reasons we would prefer not to discuss the actual timing of the operation until it is complete," said Lt. Col. Keir-Kevin Curry, spokesperson for detainee operations.

"This transfer will allow us to consolidate our effort at fewer sites and improve the conditions for both the coalition guards and the detainees," he added added.

Numerous accounts of abuse and torture of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison, located approximately 20 miles west of Baghdad, occurred beginning in 2003.

In April 2004, appalling photographs, depicting the abuse and torture of Iraqi detainees held at Abu Ghraib prison, were made public.

U.S. soldiers, both men and women in military uniforms, appeared in photographs smiling while posing with naked Iraqi prisoners made to stand, stacked in a pyramid or positioned to perform sex acts.

The abuse and inhuman treatment of Iraqi detainees were committed by personnel of the 372nd Military Police Company, CIA officers, and contractors involved in the occupation of Iraq.

Violence flared in Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 50 people in a car bomb attack and clashes between rebels and Iraqi forces, the BBC reported.

Heavy fighting broke out late Sunday between Mahdi Army fighters loyal to Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi security forces in the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniyah.

Hospital officials said more than 34 people were killed, including 25 Iraqi soldiers, seven civilians and two fighters. More than 70 people were wounded.

Army Capt.  Fatik Aied said the clashes erupted when Iraqi troops carried out raids in three districts to arrest Mahdi fighters and seize their weapons. He said the clashes continued Monday, adding that more than 10 fighters had been arrested.

Local leaders said the gunmen have split from the from the Mahdi Army after rejecting a call from Muqtada al-Sadr to take part in Iraq's political peace process.

In Baghdad, more than 14 people, including 8 policemen, were killed Monday when a car bomb exploded outside the Iraqi interior ministry, which has been frequently targeted in the past.

More than 18 policemen were among the wounded, police said.

Also in Baghdad, a car carrying five barber shop workers hit a roadside bomb in the mainly Sunni western neighborhood of Jihad, killing one person and wounding four others, police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razzaq said.

The violence comes a day after more than 60 people were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq

Meanwhile, the U.S. army said eight soldiers were killed Saturday and Sunday in and around Baghdad. Seven of them died when a roadside bomb hit their car, and one was killed by gunfire. 

The relentless attacks undermine Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's claim on Sunday that violence was decreasing in war-torn Iraq.

"We're not in a civil war. Iraq will never be in a civil war," he said in a CNN interview. "The violence is in decrease and our security ability is increasing."

Sectarian violence surged in Iraq after the Feb. 22 bombing of a major Shia shrine in the holy city of Samarra. More than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed in the last four months alone, according to the Associated Press news agency.


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