facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iraq releases Shiite insurgent

June 9, 2009 at 11:19 PM   |   Comments

BAGHDAD, June 9 (UPI) -- A man suspected of involvement in the 2007 killing of five U.S. soldiers has been freed, the Iraqi government announced Tuesday.

Laith al-Khazali was arrested in March 2007, two months after insurgents wearing U.S.-style uniforms penetrated a government compound in Karbala. One soldier was killed outright, and four others kidnapped and shot.

Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, said Khazali was not released Sunday in exchange for the freedom of five British hostages, CNN reported. He described it as a gesture of goodwill to militant Shiite groups.

Khazali and his brother, also arrested in 2007, allegedly belonged to a group, the League of the Righteous or Asaid ahl al-Haq. The U.S. military said the group has claimed responsibility for about 6,000 attacks on coalition forces.

"As security improves and the Iraqi security forces mature, a few Shia extremist groups are now attempting to engage the government of Iraq in the reconciliation process," the military said.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
2
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
3
Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon
4
Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood
5
Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas
Trending News
x
Feedback