24.6.06

Iraqi cleric freed after U.S. raid

CNN.com - Iraqi cleric freed after U.S. raid - Jun 24, 2006:

Earlier, the largest and most powerful Sunni Arab political party issued a statement denouncing the raid in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

'The foolishness of U.S. troops has reached its limit,' the Iraqi Islamic Party said. 'These outrageous violations are only going to worsen the security situation in the country.'

Hundreds of people responded to calls over mosque loudspeakers to gather in front of the governor's office to protest the detention, said local official Sheik Yahya Ibrahim al-Atwani, The Associated Press reported.

Iraqi officials later said a banquet would be held at the Tikrit Grand Mosque on Saturday evening to celebrate the sheik's release.

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