Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib, and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq

Kelly, Kathy
Date Written:  2019-10-29
Year Published:  2019
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23847

Suffering caused through our wars including conditions inside US military camps, in Iraq, led to the extremism of Al-Baghdadi and his ISIS followers.



I visited Camp Bucca in January, 2004 when, still under construction, the Camp was a network of tents, south of Basra, in an isolated, miserable area of Iraq....

With no prompting, the prisoners, all in their twenties, corroborated the grievances their previously released friends expressed. They spoke of loneliness, monotony, humiliation and the fearful uncertainty prisoners face when held without charge by a hostile power with no evident plans to release them. They were, however, relieved to know we could tell their relatives we had met with them. Later, Major Garrity said the outlook for them being released wasn’t very positive. "Be glad they’re here with us and not in Baghdad," she said, giving us a knowing look. "We give them food, clothes and shelter here. Be glad that they’re not in Baghdad." Later, in May of 2004, CNN released pictures from the Abu Ghraib prison. We began to understand what she meant.

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