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Victim's detention still a murky detail

As this Philadelphia suburb struggled to come to terms with the death of Nicholas Berg, questions remained Thursday about the protracted detention that may have contributed to the brutal murder of the idealistic telecommunications specialist. Berg’s family released e-mails sent from a U.S. consular officer in Iraq during Berg’s detention in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, in which the official said Berg was being held by the U.S. military. That contradicts statements by U.S. officials this week that Berg, 26, a private contractor who was in Iraq to repair communications towers, was held by Iraqi police for the entire 13-day period. Although Berg was arrested by Iraqi police on March 24, Berg’s family said he was soon transferred to American custody and was not released until April 6. His parents last heard from him April 9. Full Story

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