The British military today said that in the operation on March 4, troops discovered 30 prisoners, including one woman and two children, many of whom showed signs of torture.
The military said some of the prisoners escaped during the raid, which al-Maliki called "an illegal and irresponsible act."
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SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment.