US hands over members of Saddam's regime to Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military says it has handed over 39 detainees -- described as former members of Saddam Hussein's regime -- to the government of Iraq.

The military said in a statement released Tuesday that the detainees were transferred Monday from a U.S. prison facility at Camp Cropper in Baghdad to an Iraqi-controlled prison. The statement gave no names.

Officials also say the last 10 female detainees in custody have been handed over to Iraqi authorities.

The military says all the detainees have either been convicted or are due to stand trial in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq.

The U.S. still holds about 15,500 detainees. A security agreement that goes into effect next month requires the U.S. to hand over detainees wanted by the Iraqis and release the rest.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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