Pentagon and White House spokesmen on Tuesday and Wednesday insisted publicly that the release of Mr. Sharafi was solely an Iraqi decision. Indeed, when Mr. Sharafi was kidnapped in February, Pentagon spokesman said that his abduction was not the work of any members of multi-national forces in Iraq. The Iranians, through diplomatic channels, formally accused America of having ordered the abduction.
The administration official yesterday said that Mr. Sharafi's capture was not ordered by American forces, but he was interrogated in a facility overseen by both Iraqi and American commanders.
"Had this guy been in Iraqi custody, we all know he would have been in Iran weeks ago," an Iraqi diplomat said yesterday on condition of anonymity.
Apr 5, 2007
I guess Iran did win
The US helped free an Iranian diplomat detained by the Iraqis.