A Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States has been released from Iraqi custody and returned to the Lebanese capital on Friday, his lawyer said. The move is likely to complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to prosecute the militant believed to have been the mastermind of an attack that killed five U.S. soldiers.
The release of Lebanese-born Ali Mussa Daqduq also underscored how little influence Washington holds over Baghdad’s government since American troops left the country last December.
Daqduq’s lawyer, Abdul-Mahdi al-Mitairi, said Iraqi authorities decided to free the Hezbollah militant once U.S. elections were over. It appeared Iraqi officials did not want to embarrass President Barack Obama during his reelection campaign.
UPDATE: further coverage from the Chicago Tribune here.