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U.S. to Free AP Photog Bilal Hussein

FreeBilal.org, the Web site dedicated to freeing Bilal Hussein, the Iraqi citizen and AP photographer held by the United States government on terrorist charges for the past two years, won’t need to exist much longer. The United States military will comply with last week’s ruling by an Iraqi judicial committee to award Hussein amnesty. According to a statement released by the U.S. government, Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, commander of coalition detention facilities in Iraq, signed the release order earlier today. The statement does not confirm guilt or innocence.

Hussein, part of the AP photography team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005, had been held since April 12, 2006 on charges of possessing bomb-making materials, conspiracy with insurgents and helping to forge identification cards.

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