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In keeping with previous years, the U.S. military and Iraqi government have been releasing prisoners as a reconciliation gesture during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to the U.S. military, 75 prisoners hailing from Anbar province were released from Iraqi and U.S. military prisons over the past week.

In a process called “Operation Lion’s Paw,” screening boards have reviewed detainee cases and selected for release people who had been convicted of crimes other than “serious violent crimes against the citizens of Iraq or Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces.” The screening board votes on each case.

Upon release, the former prisoners must pledge to “renounce violence and misconduct,” the release read.

The detainee release at Camp Ramadi was presided over by Iraqi Vice President Tariq al- Hashemi, officials said.

Provincial government and tribal leaders were at the release to accept the released detainees.


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