Iraq Takes Over Prison —and 4 Inmates Escape

Three are high-ranking members of insurgent group
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2010 11:39 AM CDT
A file photo of the detention facility Camp Cropper in Baghdad.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
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(Newser) – Lock the cells, please: US and Iraq made a big deal of it earlier this month when the American military turned over control of the last US-run prison in the country. (See summary here.) But within a matter of days, four prisoners—three of them high-ranking members of the prominent Islamic State of Iraq insurgent group—escaped, reports the New York Times.

It looks like they got help from the warden and a handful of guards, none of whom have returned to work since. What's worse, such escapes are happening with "maddening frequency" at Iraqi-run facilities, write Timothy Williams and Omar-al-Jawoshy. "Institutions are being handed over to a political system in disarray," and no government is in place 5 months after elections.

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