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Accused terrorist in Iraq facing US charges

AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says U.S. military prosecutors have submitted charges, including murder and espionage, against a Lebanese Hezbollah commander allegedly responsible for killing five U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007.

The case against Ali Musa Daqduq (dock-duke) is complicated by the fact that he is in Iraqi government custody. It is unclear whether Baghdad authorities will permit his transfer to a U.S. military tribunal.

A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, said Friday that prosecutors submitted charges against Daqduq last month, but they have yet to be approved by Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins, chief prosecutor of the military commissions system.

The New York Times in its Friday editions was first to report the Daqduq charges.

Breasseale said the goal is to bring Daqduq to justice as soon as possible.

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