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Mideast Briefs: College football coaches visit troops downrange

A group of college football coaches is making a tour of downrange bases this week, meeting with servicemembers, coaching flag football teams and holding question-and-answer sessions with the troops.

The tour, set up by Armed Forces Entertainment, is the first of its kind and is being filmed for possible future broadcast. The coaches are: Mark Richt, University of Georgia; Randy Shannon, University of Miami; Jack Siedlecki, Yale University; Tommy Tuberville, Auburn University; and Charlie Weis, University of Notre Dame.

The bases to be visited and schedule for the tour were not released because of security reasons.

"We love the soldiers and their willingness to sacrifice for our country. We want to support them not only in prayer but also in person," Richt said in a press release about the tour. "I look forward to meeting as many of our men and women in the armed forces as possible during the visit."

U.S. is holding about 500 juveniles in war zones

NEW YORK — The U.S. military is holding about 500 juveniles in detention centers in Iraq and has about 10 detained at the U.S. base at Bagram, Afghanistan, the United States has told the United Nations.

A total of 2,500 youths under the age of 18 have been detained, almost all in Iraq, for periods up to a year or more in President Bush’s anti-terrorism campaign since 2002, the United States reported last week to the United Nations’s Committee on the Rights of the Child.


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