Around 250 Kurdish guards have completed training to take over as guards at Fort Suse, a U.S.-run prison in northern Iraq that officials hope to eventually hand over to Kurdish control, officials said Tuesday.

The Kurds graduated from a correctional officers course and will now begin a joint training program with U.S. guards who currently maintain operations at Fort Suse.

More than 700 Kurds in all have completed the course, officials said.

Fort Suse is one of the new U.S. military-run prison facilities in Iraq. U.S. officials will return to Iraqi control the notorious Abu Ghraib prison complex sometime this year. Abu Ghraib was the site of numerous instances of prisoner abuse by U.S. forces.

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