US troops arrest Al Jazeera journalist in Iraq
A female Al Jazeera reporter was detained by United States forces in Baghdad overnight, Iraqi television and a US military spokesman said Thursday.
Atwar Bahjat was arrested while covering a bomb attack in the Al-Ghazzaliyah district of Baghdad and held in a US military holding area at Baghdad airport overnight, Al-Jazeera reported.
The Qatar-based station charged that her glasses and microphone had been scattered on the ground during her arrest Wednesday night that had been made "in a violent way".
Meanwhile, a US military spokesman confirmed an Al-Jazeera correspondent had been detained but declined to provide further details.
"We are aware that someone was detained from Al-Jazeera but we don't know the circumstances," the spokesman said. (Albawaba.com)
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