Ilan over at DemocracyArsenal has more on recent reports that the U.S. is holding more than 23,000 prisoners:
The U.S. government can’t exactly let them go because a lot of these detainees are dangerous people. On the other hand, giving over a prison population, which is 86% Sunni, to a Shi’a dominated government in the middle of a civil war doesn’t exactly strike me as a good idea. However, if American forces are going to eventually leave they’ll have to figure out what to do with all these guys.If this is true and I wouldn't be surprised, it is insane. I am having trouble conceiving of where you would put this many prisoners.