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U.S. Forces Release American Held In Iraq

10 July 2005 -- U.S. forces in Iraq have said they have freed an American citizen today whom they had been holding as a suspected insurgent.

The military said in a statement that Iranian-born filmmaker Cyrus Kar was detained by Iraqi troops in May after a search of the taxi he was being driven in uncovered washing machine timers, a common component in improvised bombs.

The Pentagon disclosed last week they were holding five U.S. citizens, apparently including the Los Angeles-based U.S. Navy veteran Kar, among more than 10,000 detainees in Iraq.

The military said today Kar was freed after an FBI investigation, which helped determine he was not an "enemy combatant."

Kar's cameraman was also released while the taxi driver was still in custody.

(Reuters/AFP/AP)

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