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US military releases American held in Iraq

[JURIST] AP reported Sunday that military officials have released one of five US citizens detained without charge by US forces in Iraq. The family of Cyrus Kar [BBC report], an Iranian born filmmaker and former Navy Seal, previously told reporters [Los Angeles Times report] that US State Department officials had informed them that his release was pending. According to the Pentagon, Kar was detained in Iraq on May 17 after he was stopped at a checkpoint and found with bomb components. Earlier last week the ACLU filed a lawsuit on Kar's behalf [JURIST report] against the US government alleging violation of his constitutional due process rights. AP has more.

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