US frees five Iranians held in Iraq

Seizure of five men in Irbil in 2007 raised diplomatic tensions between US and Iran.

    Tehran said that the arrested men were diplomats preparing to open the consulate in Irbil [EPA]

    Two Iranians were released later that year and Iranian media reports did not clarify the apparent discrepancy.

    The five Iranian men were identified by Iran's state broadcaster as Mohsen Bagheri, Mahmoud Farhadi, Majid Ghaemi, Majid Dagheri and Abbas Jami. 

    The arrests triggered a diplomatic row with Tehran accusing Washington of violating diplomatic regulations by entering its consulate.

    US officials claimed that the five captured in Irbil were either members or "associates" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force.

    But Iran insisted that all five detained were diplomats working to prepare the consular office.

    Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq's foreign minister, said that the five Iranians had been working in Irbil with official sanction, but that their "liaison office" had not yet become a full consulate.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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