Iraq militant group frees US contractor

Issa T Salomi's relatives react after hearing the news of his release. (AP)

The Shia militant group that freed a kidnapped US military contractor in Iraq claimed yesterday that the American was freed in exchange for its jailed members in the US and Iraqi custody. Assaeb Ahel Al Haq, or League of the Righteous, said that Issa T Salomi, a 60-year-old of Iraqi origin man, who worked as an interpreter for the US army, was freed in the past couple of days.

"The group released Salomi according to a deal with the US army to release several of our leaders who were in the US and Iraqi custody," an official from the group said on condition of anonymity.


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