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US forces arrest Guardian reporter in Iraq

US forces arrested an award-winning Iraqi journalist after raiding his Baghdad home and opening fire in the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children, the Guardian reported on Monday. Dr Ali Fadhil works for the Guardian and Britain’s Channel 4.


SUSPECT IN U.S. EYES: Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning on Sunday. He was released hours later

Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning on Sunday. He was released hours later. Dr Fadhil is working with Guardian Films on an investigation for Channel 4's Dispatches programme into claims that tens of millions of dollars worth of Iraqi funds held by the Americans and British have been misused or misappropriated.

The troops told Dr Fadhil that they were looking for an Iraqi insurgent and seized video tapes he had shot for the programme. These have not been returned yet.

The director of the film, Callum Macrae, said: "The timing and nature of this raid is extremely disturbing. It is only a few days since we first approached the US authorities and told them Ali was doing this investigation, and asked them then to grant him an interview about our findings. "We need a convincing assurance from the American authorities that this terrifying experience was not harassment and a crude attempt to discourage Ali's investigation."

Dr Fadhil was asleep with his wife, their three-year-old daughter, Sarah, and seven-month-old son, Adam, when the troops forced their way in.

"They fired into the bedroom where we were sleeping, then three soldiers came in. They rolled me on to the floor and tied my hands. When I tried to ask them what they were looking for they just told me to shut up," he said.

Date posted: January 9, 2006 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 10