The U.S. military says it has released nine Iranians from U.S. custody in Iraq. A military statement says the nine were handed over to the Iraqi government (Friday).
Earlier this week, a U.S. official said the Iranians pose no further threat to Iraqi security. Those released include two who were in a group of Iranians detained in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil in January on suspicion of helping Shi'ite militias in Iraq. At that time, the United States accused them of being members of Iran's Quds Force, which is an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran said they were diplomats and had demanded their release.
In other news, Poland's ambassador to Iraq, who was wounded last month in an attack in Baghdad, says he will return to Iraq. Ambassador Edward Pietrzyk was released today from a hospital in Poland, where he was being treated for severe burns suffered in a roadside bombing on October third.