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Iraq frees 14 pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire

Baghdad More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters arrested in an unprecedented raid by elite Iraqi forces were released Monday and the case against them dropped, their group’s spokesman said.
Counter-terrorism forces detained the Kataeb Hezbollah members late Thursday for allegedly planning a rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone, where the US and other embassies as well as state buildings are located.
But the 14 accused were soon handed over to the Hashed al-Shaabi, the umbrella organisation of Iraqi paramilitary groups that has been nominally incorporated into the state.
On Monday, an Iraqi judge ordered the case dropped, Kataeb Hezbollah’s military spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini told AFP.
A Hashed security source confirmed the fighters’ release. (AFP)

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