BAGHDAD - In an embarrassing and potentially dangerous foul-up, four Iraqi detainees with alleged links to the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq escaped from U.S. custody at a Baghdad detention facility lateWednesday.
The escape was an example of the challenges the United States faces as it scales back its military force and redefines its mission in Iraq.
The identities of the four escapees and the guards who were overseeing their detention were not immediately known. The U.S. military released no details on how the four escaped.
Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta, an Iraqi military spokesman, told the Associated Press that the four were linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq and were facing the death penalty.
They were part of a group of about 200 detainees who were considered too dangerous to hand over to Iraqi control when the U.S. military transferred responsibility for the detention fac
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