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Prisoner is freed in Iraq

September 08, 2005|By:

U.S. Central Command announced Wednesday that Roy Hallums, described

in news reports as a former Newport Beach resident, had been freed

from captivity in Iraq after he was captured Nov. 1.

Hallums and an unidentified Iraqi were reportedly freed Wednesday

in a raid at a farm house 15 miles south of Baghdad, according to the

military. Central Command, which coordinates military operations in

Iraq and Afghanistan, said the raid was launched after forces

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received information from an Iraqi detainee. The military reported

Hallums is in good condition and receiving medical treatment.

A website set up by Hallums' daughter, Carrie Cooper, triumphantly

declared "Roy IS FREE!!!!!!" on Wednesday. Cooper could not be

reached for comment.

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