This paper attempts to shed some light on detention operations conducted by the Coalition Forces, focusing on those aspects associated with the legal authorities to detain and release detainees. Part I discusses the legal background against which detention of persons are authorized during conflicts and other operations. Part II describes in some detail the command structure of the operation, the applicable regulatory guidance, and the explains the various review processes, during the 2007-2008 period, by which detainees were initially interned and then eventually released.
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