Impending closure of American-run Iraqi prison reverses injustice

Leads to fears of renewed insurgency and sectarian bloodshed

The United States is releasing hundreds of inmates from Camp Bucca as part of an effort to close the facility in southern Iraq, which once held as many as 26,000 detainees, this summer. The decision goes some way toward reversing a miscarriage of justice, as those detained at Camp Bucca were not formally charged and could not see the evidence against them. But as the Washington Post explains, local residents, as well as police, government, and intelligence officials, fear that emptying the prison will repopulate the ranks of the Sunni and Shia militias that caused widespread anarchy and bloodshed in Iraq two years ago.

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