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Iraq acquits, frees Lebanese national, irks US
In this July 2, 2007, file photo, US military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, near a poster of Ali Mussa Daqduq.
In this July 2, 2007, file photo, US military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, near a poster of Ali Mussa Daqduq.
Iraq has released a Lebanese national accused by American officials of involvement in the 2007 killing of five US soldiers in Iraq, following his acquittal from charges.


Iraqi officials announced on Friday the release of Ali Musa Daqduq, who was accused of having been involved in the killing of five US soldiers during an attempt to abduct a number of US forces in Iraq.

Iraqi officials insisted that they had no evidence whatsoever against him, other than the account offered by by former US military forces in the country at the time.

During the American 8-year military occupation of Iraq, there were widespread resistance attacks against the US-led occupation troops in the country, incited by massive civilian casualties inflicted on the Iraqi population by mostly American forces and contracted armed security guards.

Following the release of Daqduq, who has returned to him home country, some American officials went as far as threatening the Iraqi government with “appropriate actions.”

“This is an outrage,” said Republican Senator John McCain on Friday, quoted in a Saturday Washington Post report. “Appropriate actions should be taken with regards to our relations with the Iraqi government.”

Moreover, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the US administration has contacted Lebanese officials on the matter, vowing that US officials will seek to bring Daqduq to “justice” through “all legal means.”

This is while US military and intelligence officials have captured hundreds of individuals in mostly Muslim countries across the globe, subjecting them to long imprisonment and torture without any formal evidence or legal charges against them. Such inmates have even been denied defense lawyers and any legal means to challenge their charges.

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