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Britain Starts Rounding Up Failed Iraqi Asylum Seekers

British authorities have started arresting thousands of failed Iraqi asylum seekers with plans to return them to Iraq.

The Home Office in London Tuesday said it is beginning to enforce a policy that was announced last year.

Officials say each deportation will take place on a case-by-case basis, and that no one will be sent back to areas of Iraq that are unstable or where they could face persecution.

Refugee groups say at least 43 Iraqis have been rounded up so far. The groups say they are appalled at the British policy. They say all of Iraq is unsafe.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.