Hezbollah Man Wanted By U.S. Freed From Iraq Custody

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The lawyer for a Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States says his client has been released from Iraqi custody and has been flown to the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Lawyer Abdul-Mahdi al-Mitairi says Ali Mussa Daqduq was released on Friday from house arrest in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The lawyer did not provide further information in an email sent to The Associated Press.

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The U.S believes Daqduq was the mastermind of a 2007 raid on an American military base in the Iraqi holy Shiite city of Karbala that killed five U.S. soldiers.

Two Iraqi courts have found Daqduq not guilty and rejected the U.S. request to extradite the Hezbollah militant.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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