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Iraq Frees Second Batch Of Detainees

Some of the 2,500 detainess on the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki (epa) June 11, 2006 -- Iraq today released a second batch of detainees as part of a reconciliation effort ordered by Prime Minister Nuri Kamil al-Maliki.

A Justice Ministry spokesman said a total of 230 detainees who were being held without charges were freed from Abu Ghraib prison, Camp Bucca, and Camp Suse, all U.S.-run detention centers.

Last week, 594 detainees were released after al-Maliki announced that a total of 2,500 would be freed as a gesture designed to promote national reconciliation.

(AFP, Reuters)

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