American Hostage Released From Iraq

An American contractor who had been held hostage in Iraq since January has been released, the Defense Department announced Saturday. Issa T. Salomi had been captured by Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Shiite militant group also known as the League of the Righteous. Last month, the group released a video on its Web site demanding the U.S. release detainees and calling for the private contractor Blackwater Worldwide, now known as Xe Services, to be punished for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. Though it has not been confirmed, a Web site indicates that Salomi may have been released in exchange for four detainees in U.S. custody.