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Kidnapped photographer freed

A kidnapped British photographer has been freed by forces in Iraq reports the BBC.

Richard Butler and his Iraqi interpreter were seized in Basra on February 10th 2008 whilst working for CBS News.

Witnesses said the two men were taken from the Sultan Palace Hotel in Basra, southern Iraq, by at least eight gunmen. The interpreter was freed three days later.

Butler’s release had been delayed because his kidnappers feared future arrest but he was ultimately rescued during an Iraqi Army operation.

International media watchdogs have reported dozens of journalists killed each year since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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