April 15, 2014 - Iraq's justice minister says authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns.
Hassan al-Shimmari said Tuesday that 2,400 inmates have been transferred from Abu Ghraib to other prisons in safer areas of the country. He says it was a precautionary measure because the Abu Ghraib facility is located in "a restive area."
The prison is at the edge of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province, which has been engulfed in clashes between an al-Qaida-splinter group and government forces. read more>>>