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Shiite editor held by U.S. military

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U.S. troops detained the news editor and manager of political television programming for Al-Forat TV and his son after a…

U.S. troops detained the news editor and manager of political television programming for Al-Forat TV and his son after a tip led American forces to their house in Baghdad, the Associated Press reports. 

Hafidh al-Beshara’s unidentified son, who is accused of being a militia operative and providing intelligence to Shiite extremists, was the target of the raid.  A U.S. military spokesman stated that al-Beshara’s detainment was based on his son’s actions and had nothing to do with his work at Al-Forat TV. 

The largest Shiite party in the country owns Al-Forat, which was searched after the raid, but nothing was reportedly found.