U.S. releases hundreds of male prisoners in Iraq
BAGHDAD — Approximately 390 male prisoners have been released from U.S. military custody in Iraq after their cases were reviewed by a joint Iraqi-American board, officials said Wednesday.
The Combined Review and Release Board — made up of Iraqi government ministers and U.S. military legal officials — has since August 2004 reviewed some 29,500 cases, recommending release for more than 15,300 prisoners. Those released are deemed no longer a threat to security.
No female prisoners were among those released, officials said. The kidnappers of an American journalist and two German engineers have demanded that all female prisoners in Iraqi and U.S. custody be released.