BAGHDAD, Iraq – A cameraman carrying CBS press credentials was detained in Iraq earlier this week on suspicion of insurgent activity, the U.S. military said Friday.
The cameraman suffered minor injuries Tuesday during a battle between U.S. soldiers and suspected insurgents, the military said. He was standing next to an alleged insurgent who was killed during the shootout, the statement said.
The military issued a statement then saying the cameraman was shot because his equipment was mistaken for a weapon.
But on Friday, the military said the cameraman was detained because there was probable cause to believe he posed “an imperative threat to coalition forces.”
“He is currently detained and will be processed as any other security detainee,” the statement said.
CBS News spokeswoman Leigh Farris said, “We’re looking into the situation.”
A spokesman for Task Force Freedom, Capt. Mark Walter, said the reporter suffered minor wounds and was with “a number of people” involved in the shootout.
Walter said the reporter was detained immediately after the incident, in part because of statements from witnesses to the battle.
Officials are investigating the man’s previous activities as well as “his alleged support of anti-Iraqi insurgency activities,” the statement said.