US Representative Peter King of New York, chairman of House Homeland Security Committee
NEW YORK -- A U.S. congressman from New York said three security contractors, including one Georgian, have been released by Iraqi Army forces after they were held for more than two weeks.
Republican Peter King announced the releases on Tuesday. He identified the men as an Army veteran from Long Island, a former National Guardsman from Savannah, and a man from Fiji. King said they were working for a security firm when Iraqi Ministry of Defense officials rejected paperwork prepared on their behalf by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and held them Dec. 9.
The men weren't charged with any crimes. King said they were released Tuesday after efforts by his office, the State Department, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, the Defense Department and the White House.