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BAGHDAD, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. troops have detained the news editor of a television station owned by Iraq’s most powerful political party and his son, who they accused of attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said on Monday.
Hafodh al-Beshara, news editor and manager of political programming of the al-Furat television station, was arrested during a raid on the channel’s offices in Baghdad’s central Karrada district late on Saturday night, station officials said.
Al-Furat is owned by the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the biggest Shi’ite party in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Its leader is Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s most influential politicians, who has been courted by Washington and met President George W. Bush at the White House in November.
The manager of Furat television, Abbas al-Essawi, called the arrest of Beshara “provocative”.
“The American forces raided our channel on Saturday night. They put all the guards in one room and took away their weapons,” he told Reuters.