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US releases Iraqi Shiite militia leader

BAGHDAD (AP) - British and Iraqi officials say the U.S. military
has freed a Shiite militant allegedly backed by Iran and accused of
the 2007 killing of five American soldiers.
The British Foreign Ministry says Laith al-Khazali was released
Sunday as part of national reconciliation efforts between the Iraqi
government and groups that renounce violence.
A follower of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr also said that
al-Khazali has returned home to Baghdad's mainly Shiite district of
Sadr City. The Sadrist official spoke Tuesday on condition of
anonymity because he's not authorized to comment on the issue.
Al-Khazali and his brother Qais are accused of organizing a bold
raid on a local government headquarters in Karbala that killed the
five U.S. soldiers on Jan. 20, 2007.


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