US transfers last prison facility to Iraqi control

July 15, 2010 20:15

BAGHDAD — The United States handed over the last detention facility under its control to Iraqi authorities on Thursday, a milestone in Iraq's push for complete sovereignty seven years after the US-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Iraq's assumption of control over the base near the international airport on the southwestern outskirts of Baghdad also marks the end of a troubling chapter in the US presence in the country — one defined for years by the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. With the handover, Iraq has now taken control of the last of three such prisons controlled by US forces.

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