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May 19, 2008
U.S. soldiers in May carry shotguns as they walk along a corridor separating what they deem to be the most extreme and dangerous detainees inside the Camp Bucca detention center near the Iraq- Kuwait border. The US military in August said it had released 11,000 detainees in Iraq so far this year. Most of the detainees in US military prisons in Iraq are held without formal charges and end up spending at least a year in detention. According to estimates, there are about 46,000 detainees in U.S. and Iraqi prisons across the country, including about 20,000 in facilities operated by the U.S. military.