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US to release 506 Iraqi prisoners

The US-led coalition in Iraq plans to release 506 prisoners, with the first batch of 100 to be freed on Thursday. The top US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, said it was a goodwill gesture aimed at reconciliation. Those released “must renounce violence”, Mr Bremer told reporters, adding it was “not for those with blood-stained hands”. Mr Bremer also unveiled a $200,000 reward programme for the capture of more wanted individuals in Iraq. At least 10,000 prisoners are being held in Iraq by the US-led coalition, including almost 4,000 members of an anti-Iran rebel group. Full Story

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