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A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq announced earlier it had "detained" Jahani for "stirring sectarian strife and for activities outside his diplomatic duties", Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television reported.
Pictures were shown of the diplomat's passport, identity and business cards along with what appeared to be footage of him speaking, without sound, against a black backdrop.
Originally posted by sanctum
Could this be a new tactic by insurgents, to create even more confusion?
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Sunday that the Iraqi interim government is responsible for the life of Iranian diplomat.
Asefi denied Iran still held any prisoners of war, saying the last had been sent home more than a year ago.