Hezbollah denies arrest in Iraq

June 20, 2004 at 4:27 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 20 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah guerrilla organization denied Sunday that one of its members was arrested in Iraq.

The head of the Hezbollah bloc in the Lebanese Parliament, Mohammad Raad, said in a statement the report, carried by a London-based newspaper Saturday, was issued by "bankrupt and an Americanized party."

The Arabic-language ash-Sharq al-Awsat daily quoted an unidentified Iraqi source as saying a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah was arrested after he entered Iraq through Iran.

Raad said such a report was "part of an American campaign against Iran and to try to prove allegations that Hezbollah is a terrorist" group.

The organization has repeatedly denied a presence in Iraq.

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