American military has freed half of Iraqi detainees

More than 17,500 detainees have been freed from custody in Iraq this year, leaving about 15,800 in custody.

Coalition officials said in a news release that it had been determined those released no longer posed a threat to Iraqi citizens, Iraqi security forces or the government.

“It is our responsibility to release detainees in a safe and orderly manner according to the Geneva Convention,” said Brig. Gen. David E. Quantock, deputy commanding general of detainee operations. “We’re releasing an average of 50 a day, 1,500 a month, which is a very good pace.”

Quantock said detainees are offered education and vocational training meant to give them skills to become productive members of Iraqi society.

Of course, many already have skills useful in the new Iraq society.

Yes, I noticed the General had heard of the Geneva Convention.

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