US troops have arrested two Iranian diplomats and six members of an Iranian delegation who were in Baghdad to negotiate contracts with the Iraqis. The troops raided Baghdad's Sheraton Ishtar Hotel where the Iranian delegation was staying.
Videotape shot by AP Television News showed the Americans leading the members of the Iranians delegation blindfolded and handcuffed out of the hotel in Central Baghdad. Other soldiers were seen leaving the hotel carrying luggage and a laptop computer carrying case.
On 11 January, the US forces detained five Iranian officials in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. The US military has said that the five included the chief of operations of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. The five remain in US custody.