The U.S. military turned Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein over to his AP colleagues at a checkpoint in Baghdad today.
"I want to thank all the people working in AP … I have spent two years in prison even though I was innocent. I thank everybody," Hussein said after being freed.
AP CEO and President Tom Curley welcomed Hussein’s release.
"Hussein is safely back with AP and his family, and it is a great relief to us. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who supported us during this difficult and challenging period. Bilal will now be spending some quiet time with his family and resting up."