Baghdad prison to be demolished

The White House said the notorious prison will be flattened after the June 30 handover to an interim administration if the new government agrees.

“A new Iraq will also need a humane, well supervised prison system,” said the White House.

“Under Saddam Hussein, prisons like Abu Ghraib were symbols of death and torture.

“That same prison became a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonoured our country and disregarded our values.”

The United States will pay to build a new maximum security prison, the White House said.

“When that prison is completed, detainees at Abu Ghraib will be relocated. Then, with the approval of the Iraqi government, we will demolish the Abu Ghraib prison, as a fitting symbol of Iraq’s new beginning.”

The announcement came as President George W Bush sought to reassure Americans he has a plan to pull Iraq out of the violence and chaos that have marked the year since he declared an end to major combat.

“History is moving, and it will tend toward hope or tend toward tragedy,” Mr Bush said.

In an address at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Mr Bush outlined five steps he said would help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom.

He said the US-led coalition would hand over authority to a sovereign Iraqi government, help establish security, encourage more international support, continue to rebuild the nation of more than 20 million people and urge national elections.

Mr Bush said: “America’s task in Iraq is not only to defeat an enemy, it is to give strength to a friend, a free, representative government that serves its people and fights on their behalf.

“And the sooner this goal is achieved, the sooner our job will be done.”

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