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U.S. Arrests Iraqi Governor Over Kidnap Charges

U.S. forces in Iraq arrested the U.S.-appointed interim governor of the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf on Monday on charges of kidnapping, holding hostages and committing financial crimes, officials said. Abu Haydar Abdul Mun’im had been appointed by a U.S. military commander to run Najaf, about 90 miles south of Baghdad. Mun’im, a Sunni Muslim, had previously angered Shi’ites who are a majority in that region. Another 61 people in his entourage including bodyguards were also detained although a number of them are expected to be released, a spokesman for Iraq’s U.S.-led administration said. “We’ve said all along we would make mistakes in this process and given his behavior it was clear it was a mistake to appoint him,” the spokesman told a news conference. Full Story

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