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August 23, 2009 | Washington Post
The U.S. military has agreed for the first time to provide information to the International Committee of the Red Cross about prisoners held in secret detention camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it will continue to deny the organization access to them, military officials said Saturday. The facilities are "short-term places" operated by U.S. Special Forces for newly captured suspected insurgents considered to have valuable information or to be serious threats, according to an official familiar with the subject who was not authorized to discuss it on the record.
May 9, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Growing up, Marvin R. Sprayberry III and his brothers loved to wrestle. "Boy, we used to fight like there was no tomorrow," said Shawn Sprayberry, 23, who shared a room with his older brother until seventh grade. "There was that one night when Dad cleared out the living room and said, 'You guys want to fight? Have at it.' " But, another brother, Jason Sprayberry, 26, said that no matter how much they fought, the brothers closed ranks against anyone else.
November 14, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
In civilian life, Michael Ottolini loved driving big Peterbilt trucks and hauling hay. But the Sebastopol, Calif., truck driver was happiest, relatives said, when he was called up for active duty with the California Army National Guard. Ottolini, 45, a married father of two grown children, was killed Wednesday when the military truck he was driving was struck by a roadside bomb near Balad, Iraq, 50 miles northwest of Baghdad.
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