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Iraq militia frees U.S. hostage after 9 months


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American former soldier Randy Michaels is seen on television wearing a U.S. military uniform with no insignia during a news conference with deputy parliament speaker Qusay al-Souhail in Baghdad March 17, 2012. A militia loyal to Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr freed an American former soldier on Saturday after holding him captive in Baghdad for nine months. The American, identified as Randy Michaels, was shown on television in a U.S. military uniform with no insignia, flanked by two members of parliament from Sadr's movement, including the parliament's first deputy speaker. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani