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Old 04-08-2003, 04:04 PM   #1
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100's of Children Freed from Prison

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Jailed Iraqi children run free as marines roll into Baghdad suburbs
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BAGHDAD (AFP) - More than 100 children held in a prison celebrated their freedom as US marines rolled into northeast Baghdad amid chaotic scenes which saw civilians loot weapons from an army compound, a US officer said.

Around 150 children spilled out of the jail after the gates were opened as a US military Humvee vehicle approached, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Padilla told an AFP correspondent travelling with the Marines 5th Regiment.

"Hundreds of kids were swarming us and kissing us," Padilla said.

"There were parents running up, so happy to have their kids back."

"The children had been imprisoned because they had not joined the youth branch of the Baath party," he alleged. "Some of these kids had been in there for five years."

The children, who were wearing threadbare clothes and looked under-nourished, walked on the streets crossing their hands as if to mimic handcuffs, before giving the thumbs up sign and shouting their thanks.


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Cool story! Thanks! It's great to read good news.

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Old 04-09-2003, 10:13 PM   #3
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I am glad someone liked this story!
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good news is no news I guess?

I love the story.
send lawyers, guns and money...
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i can't believe there were children in jail. this story brought me to tears. im so happy for their release.
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Well, this story is great, but for some reason I can't help but notice that the journalist wasn't there for the actual events. Even though this behavoir wouldn't suprise me, coming from Saddam and all, remember not to take everything at face value, especially you history majors!

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