"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
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
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
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.
More than 18 policemen were among the wounded, police said.
The violence comes a day after more than 60 people were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq.
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.
Sectarian violence surged in Iraq after the Feb. 22 bombing of a major Shia shrine in the holy city of
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