U.S. to expand Iraq prisons

The United States decided to expand its major detention centers in Iraq after military officials predicted that the ongoing security crackdown in Baghdad will add hundreds or thousands of prisoners to the 17,000 detainees already in U.S. custody.

U.S. to expand Iraq prisons

The United States decided to expand its majordetention centers in Iraq aftermilitary officials predicted that the ongoing security crackdown in Baghdad will add hundreds or thousands of prisoners to the17,000 detainees already in U.S.custody, an army spokesman said.

"Subsequent to the increase in the number of Iraqi prisoners detainedby the U.S. occupyingforces; the U.S. army basedin Iraq intends toexpand Camp Buccaand Camp Cropper prisons to incarcerate moreIraqis," the London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper reported.

Camp Bucca,the largest U.S. detentioncenter in Iraq, is locatedin the south of the country and holds about 13,800 Iraqi prisoners, Navy Lt.Cmdr. Clifford Siegfried, a military spokesman, told The Washington Post.

Camp Cropper Centre at Baghdad International Airportholds about 3,300 Iraqi detainees, Siegfried said, adding that the army plansto expand the prison so that it can accommodate as many as 5,000prisoners.

Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, confirmed the news lastweek when he said that the effort "to expand the U.S. capacity fordetention" in Iraq was one reason 2,200 U.S. Army military policepersonnel are part of the troop increase in Iraq.

Prisonersescape from UK-run prison

Meanwhile, the UK army saideleven Iraqi detainees have escaped from a British military prison in southern Iraq.

Ten of them had "swapped" places with visitors over the past week,an army spokesman said.

Their disappearance from the Shuaiba military base, west of the southerncity of Basra,was only noticed on Friday, he added.

A security source told the AFP news agency that the detainees hadbeen held without charge for the past two years.

One correspondent described the prisoners' escape as "a veryembarrassing incident" for the army.

"It does not speak of very tight security given that the British Armysays these people were considered to pose a threat to the security of Iraq and to themulti-national forces," he said.

Almost four years after the invasion, the only visible development in Iraq today isthe construction of prisons. Several detention centers have been built acrossthe country, where human rights violations are committed on daily basis byoccupation forces, although an occupying power is obliged -- under the GenevaConventions to protect the civilian population and provide them with security.

The number of Iraqi detainees has rocketed since the 2003 invasion. Iraqiofficials now put the number as high as "hundreds of thousands" prisoners.

UN Human Rights in Iraq saythe majority of Iraqi detainees are innocent civilians arbitrarily arrestedduring random raids by U.S.occupation forces. There is no law to certify or register prisoners. Familiesand relatives have no idea where their loved ones are.

Hundreds of Iraqis have simply disappeared after they were taken prisoners.Most of them are often tortured, sexually abused and, in many cases, murderedin gross violations of the Geneva Conventions and international law.

Source: Agencies

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