NY Rep. King says Iraq releases 3 security contractors

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.

NEW YORK — A U.S. congressman from New York says three security contractors, including two Americans, have been released by Iraqi Army forces after they were held for more than two weeks.

Republican Peter King announced the releases of the men Tuesday. He identifies them as an Army veteran from Long Island, a former National Guardsman from Savannah, Ga., and a man from Fiji. He says they were working for a security firm when Iraqi Ministry of Defense officials rejected paperwork prepared on their behalf by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and held them Dec. 9.

The men weren’t charged with any crimes. King says they were released Tuesday after efforts by his office, the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the Defense Department and the White House.

 

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