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Al Qaeda in Iraq: liberating prisoners more than just PR points

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Two coordinated simultaneous attacks took place on two Iraqi prisons on July 21 that freed at least 500 prisoners in Abu Ghraib. The attack on Taji was thwarted. Some sources say thousands escaped from Abu Ghraib.

“Most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences,” said Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of parliament for security committee.

Libya Suffers Massive Prison Break

By William Tucker Media outlets are reporting that some 120 inmates of the al-Judaida prison in Tripoli escaped yesterday. Details of how the escape happened have not been publically released, but suspicion has fallen on a mix of causes including insufficient security and rampant militancy. Libyan officials did say that half of those who escaped have been recaptured, though. The nationality and ethnicity of the al-Judaida prison inmates is quite diverse.