Al Qaeda Prisoners Escape Jail

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ, FEBRUARY 21:  An Iraqi security officer patrols the grounds at the newly opened Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib on February 21, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi Ministry of Justice has renovated and reopened the previously named "Abu Ghraib" prison and renamed the site to Baghdad Central Prison. According to the Iraqi Ministry of Justice about 400 prisoners were transferred to the prison which can hold up to 3000 inmates. The prison was established in 1970 and it became synonymous with abuse under the U.S. occupation.  (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images)

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    Iraq's Abu Ghraib is in the news once again. This time, it's because hundreds of inmates, including a handful of senior al Qaeda members, broke out of the jail after a deadly, military-style attack on the facility. Suicide bombers were able to drive trucks filed with explosives up to the gate while gunmen lobbed rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at the guards. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the fighting, which stretched into Monday morning. Iraqi officials weren't able to secure the site until military helicopters arrived, but by that time hundreds of prisoners had escaped.

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