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U.S. Troops Reportedly Detain Iraqi Shi'ite Politician's Son

(RFE/RL) February 23, 2007 -- Reports say U.S. troops have detained the eldest son of the powerful Iraqi Shi'ite politician Abdul Aziz Hakim at a border checkpoint with Iran today.

The U.S. military says it is checking the reports by Iraqi security force officials.

Ammar Hakim's father heads the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the biggest party in Shi'ite Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's national-unity cabinet.

It was not immediately clear why he was reportedly detained.

(Reuters, AP)

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