U.S. Jails Journalist in Iraq

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Monday, September 18, 2006

The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.

Bilal Hussein, 35, an Iraqi citizen, was being held for "imperative reasons of security" under United Nations resolutions, according to military officials. Hussein, 35, was detained April 12.

His Iraqi attorney, Badie Arief Izzat, said Hussein has proclaimed his innocence and believes he has been unfairly targeted because his photos from Ramadi and Fallujah, two cities in restive Anbar province, were deemed unwelcome by the U.S. military.

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