US releases Iraqi photographer

An Iraqi photographer who was arrested in his Mahmudiya home by the US military on 1 September 2008 has been released. Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed was held for 17 months without charge at Camp Cropper, near Baghdad, despite a ruling by Iraq’s central criminal court on 30 November 2008 that he should be released. The US prison authorities claimed the journalist represented a security threat but refused to make specific allegations.