Last US Detainee in Iraq May Get Off Easy

Daqduq is accused of playing a role in the deaths of 5 US soldiers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2011 9:12 AM CST
US Hands Over Last Iraqi Detainee Ali Musa Daqduq to Iraqi Authorities
A US solider shows a picture of Ali Musa Daqduq during a 2007 news conference.   (Getty Images)

As the US wound down its operations in Iraq this week, it transferred its last remaining detainee over to Iraqi authorities, reports the Los Angeles Times. The move was a controversial one because Ali Musa Daqduq is accused of being a Hezbollah operative behind a 2007 Iraqi raid that resulted in the deaths of five US soldiers. Critics—especially Republicans—wanted him transferred to Gitmo, but Iraqi authorities refused to let him out of the country, explains the Hill.

"This failure to keep a committed murderer of Americans in US custody sends exactly the wrong message to our allies and enemies in the region,” said a statement from John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham. Their fears that he'll get soft treatment may come true: The AP reports today that he will be prosecuted in Iraq only for the relatively minor charge of using a forged passport to enter the country. However, the US promises to press the case, and it's possible further charges could come. (Read more Ali Musa Daqduq stories.)

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