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US To Release 80 Detainees A Day For Ramadan

From an Reuters:

U.S. military starts freeing Iraqis for Ramadan

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military began releasing Iraqi detainees on Thursday to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, an Iraqi official said.

The military reached a deal with Sunni Arab Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi last month to conduct “special Ramadan releases.” It says it is holding 23,000 Iraqis.

Omar al-Jubouri, an adviser on human rights to Hashemi, told Reuters that 43 Iraqis were freed from the Camp Cropper detention facility near Baghdad’s international airport.

Between 50 to 80 Iraqis would be freed each day from U.S. prisons in Iraq during the holy month, the military said in a statement. It was not immediately clear why the number released on Thursday was less than the range given by the military.

Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday. The lunar month begins at the sighting of the new moon.

Major-General Douglas Stone, commanding general of U.S. detainee operations, said Sunni Arabs and Shi’ites would be reviewed equally and impartially under the program.

“This will be a completely non-sectarian, non-political process,” Stone said in the military statement.

“The detainees being released are only those who MNF-I (Multi National Force-Iraq) has determined no longer need to be detained for imperative reasons of security,” he said…

Sorry, but I don’t see any reason whatsoever to release anyone. Let alone for a religious holiday.

It will only encourage them and confuse their conception of the rule of law.

And will somebody please buy these people a Farmer’s Almanac? Figuring out the new moon just isn’t that hard.

We have the technology.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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