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American and Iraqi officials are releasing prisoners as a goodwill gesture during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, a religious holiday that marks the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son for Allah.

The latest release was Wednesday, when 100 prisoners were freed from Camp Cropper in Baghdad, officials said Thursday. Officials are seeking to “increase the average number of detainee releases per month,” a news release read.

In all, some 850 prisoners have been released during the religious periods of the hajj and Eid al-Adha. The prisoners must be vetted by a release board before being freed, then make promises to “maintain peace and good conduct.”


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