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BAGHDAD — A 24-year-old prisoner under U.S. control at Abu Ghraib was found dead of “apparent natural causes” on Wednesday, the U.S. military said Thursday.

According to a U.S. military press release, the man was “found unconscious, and the medical staff immediately began CPR in order to revive the detainee. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. by an attending physician.”

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, popularly known as CID, will investigate the incident, officials said. The man’s remains will be given to his family after the investigation and an autopsy, the standard procedures for a prisoner death.

Last week, Army officials confirmed that the U.S. would hand over Abu Ghraib to Iraqi control, possibly within three months.


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