Iraq's Sadr movement says it frees U.S. soldier

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Posted: Mar 17, 2012 1:54 PM
Iraq's Sadr movement says it frees U.S. soldier

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Followers of Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr handed over a captive American soldier to the United Nations alive on Saturday, two senior officials in Sadr's movement said.

The officials said the soldier, whom they named phonetically as Randy Michael or Randy Michael Hill, had been handed over to the U.N. mission in Iraq. A spokeswoman for the U.N. mission said she was not immediately able to comment.

The United States military said in February that it had recovered the remains of the last soldier it believed to be missing in Iraq.

(Reporting by Raheem Salman and Suadad al-Salhy; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Andrew Heavens)