U.S. hands over last detainee to Iraq

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:00pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday handed over its last detainee in Iraq to Iraqi authorities, a White House official told Reuters, after months of failed efforts by Washington to convince Baghdad to allow his extradition for trial.

White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Iraq had given assurances that Ali Mussa Daqduq, suspected of orchestrating a 2007 kidnapping that resulted in the killing of five U.S. military personnel, would be tried for his crimes. U.S. officials would continue to discuss the case with Baghdad, Vietor said.

(Reporting By Phil Stewart)

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