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Sylwia Kapuscinski The Detroit Free Press
"Unrest in Post-War Iraq"

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"Abu Ghraib Prisoners' Release " Prisoners from Abu Ghraib Prison hug each other after they are released near Tikrit, Iraq, Tuesday, May 4, 2004. This was the first time the prisoners were released after images of the abuse were seen all over the world. After about a five hour drive from Abu Ghraib Prison to Tikrit area, scores of prisoners were freed from three buses on a dead end road. U.S. military has received international condemnation for alleged abuses and humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.

A year after the fall of Baghdad, Iraq is still in turmoil, a lawless land where residents live in fear. The world inside Abu Ghraib prison is in some ways, a reflection of the chaos and suffering outside that Iraqis live under. Kidnappings, carjackings, drive-by-shootings, and mortar attacks are part of the routine. As insurgents and radical cleric Muqtada al Sadr's militia, Mahdi army, increased their attacks against U.S. military, clashes and bombings became part of the daily life. Innocent were killed and wounded. And for some women, the insecurity led to an increasingly restrictive environment. Women who used to walk around in Western-style clothes now feel compelled to cover up.



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