Deal struck to release Briton - report

A DEAL has been struck for a kidnapped British journalist and his Iraqi interpreter to be released, it was reported today.Radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office made the claims in Basra.

A DEAL has been struck for a kidnapped British journalist and his Iraqi interpreter to be released, it was reported today.

Radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office made the claims in Basra.

Harith al-Edhari, a director of Mr al-Sadr's office, said negotiations had persuaded the captors to free the two CBS employees later today.

The Foreign Office said it was looking into the reports.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the reports and investigating further."

Iraqi police and witnesses said the two were seized from a hotel in Basra on Sunday.

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