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Daring jailbreak sign of blowback in Iraq

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Last weekend the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation pulled off a well-planned jailbreak at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, making use of suicide bombers and heavily armed foot soldiers in an operation that went down with military-like precision. Before authorities regained control on Monday morning, about 500 inmates reportedly aligned with al-Qaeda, many of them senior members who had been sentenced to death, had walked away from the facility. 

A similar operation was simultaneously launched at another prison but was unsuccessful.

In a sense this jailbreak and the general deterioration of the security situation in Iraq can be viewed as a consequence of a war that was waged under false pretences.

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