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Five men with American ties held by U.S. military

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military is holding five men with U.S. ties -- two citizens and three possible U.S. citizens -- suspected in insurgent activities around Iraq, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

They were captured between November 2004 and June 2005 and are being held separately in the three main detention facilities in that country, Pentagon officials said.

Two of the detainees are U.S. citizens -- an Iranian-American and a Jordanian-American -- and the other three are Iraqis believed to hold American citizenship, Pentagon officials told CNN.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told The Associated Press, however, that all five were American citizens.

The five were captured separately and are not believed to be connected to one another, according to Pentagon officials.

Iraqi forces arrested the Iranian-American on May 17 at a Baghdad checkpoint, when they searched his car and found dozens of washing machine timers, according to Pentagon officials. The officials said the timers are often used in roadside bombs. The Iranian-American and two non-Americans in the car were turned over to U.S. forces.

Pentagon officials would not say where the man is being held.

Between April and June of this year the three people believed to be Iraqi-Americans were captured around Iraq.

Pentagon officials said one was believed to be involved in a kidnapping, another was believed to have advance knowledge of an attack on coalition forces and the third was only described as being involved in suspicious activity.

The fifth man held in U.S. custody in Iraq is a Jordanian-American believed to have close ties with the al-Zarqawi terrorist network.

The Pentagon had previously announced that he was captured late last year at his Baghdad home.

All five are registered with the International Red Cross, which has direct access to the men, Pentagon officials said. The cases of the five men are still under review to determine options from release to being turned over to the Iraqi government for further detention, according to Pentagon officials.

Officials said the U.S. government in Iraq is holding more than 10,000 people. Of those, more than 400 are not Iraqi.



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I think much the same thing of these guys, as I do about the "British citizens" who marched off to Iraq to "fight for their ancestral homeland", and started attacking our soldiers...lock them up, and let them rot.

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The Caspian Hare

Nothing new here - it's happened in every war.

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one of the great aspects of multiculturalism!

having a bunch of people living in another country and having zero loyalty for its people:)

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