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Teaming Up With Tribes to Try to Quell Insurgents

As the convoy of buses rolled out of Abu Ghraib prison, the freed inmates hung out the windows, flashing victory signs to the large crowd of relatives who had gathered since early morning. Such scenes have been repeated outside Abu Ghraib several times in recent months — more frequently since the prisoner abuse scandal exploded in April. But this time, instead of being released to their families, the prisoners were driven east to a U.S. base near the Baghdad airport. There, they emerged into the embrace of arguably some of the most powerful men in Iraq: tribal and clan leaders. The release last week was the result of a fledgling relationship between Iraq’s largest tribal association and a U.S. commander in the town of Abu Ghraib — for which the infamous prison is named.Full Story

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