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GREEN ZONE MURDER: Five US security contractors were reportedly detained in Baghdad in connection with the killing of a fellow contractor last month

NY TIMES NEW SERVICE AND REUTERS , BAGHDAD

News reports asserting “that the man was tortured and his corpse was thrown to dogs,” he said, were aimed at stoking further conflict. Legal action will be taken against Sharqiya, he said.

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Meanwhile, Iraqi forces detained five US security contractors in connection with the killing of a fellow American contractor last month in Baghdad’s Green Zone, CNN said yesterday, citing sources close to the investigation.

A US embassy spokesman confirmed five US citizens were taken into custody by Iraqi authorities, but said no charges had been brought against them so far.

The five could become the first Americans to face local justice since a bilateral security pact that came into force in January made US contractors subject to Iraqi law.

“Embassy consular officials have visited the five and ensured they are being afforded their rights under Iraqi law. The men appeared well,” the US spokesman said.

Citing an unnamed Iraqi official involved in the investigation, CNN said the men had been detained on Friday in a pre-dawn raid on their company’s office.

CNN said they were being held in connection with the killing last month of James Kitterman, a 60-year-old Texan who owned a construction company. Kitterman was found bound, blindfolded and stabbed to death on May 22.

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