'60 Minutes' journalist rescued in Iraq

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NEW YORK -- A British journalist working for CBS News was rescued Monday after two months being held hostage in Iraq.

Richard Butler, a freelance producer working for "60 Minutes," was kidnapped with a translator in the southern city of Basra on Feb. 10.

The Iraqi Army said Monday that Butler had been freed during a rescue mission that led to the capture of his kidnappers. Butler, who was unhurt, was in good condition. CBS News didn't release any further information.

"We are incredibly grateful that our colleague, Richard Butler, has been released and is safe," CBS News said in a statement Monday.

The pair were kidnapped by gunmen who raided the Sultan Palace Hotel. His translator was freed earlier. CBS kept quiet on the identities of Butler and his translator, and much of how they were kidnapped.
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