US troops arrest son of top Iraqi politician

US troops arrested the son of Iraq's top Shi'ite politician Friday as he returned to the country from Iran, Shi'ite officials said. Amar al-Hakim, son of political leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, was taken into custody at the Zirbatyah crossing point and was transferred to a US facility in Kut, according to the elder al-Hakim's secretary, Jamal al-Sagheer. Al-Sagheer said the younger al-Hakim's security guards were also detained. A US spokesman, Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, said he was looking into the report and "we will release information as it becomes available." Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim is leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country's largest Shi'ite party with longtime ties to Iran. Al-Hakim's party is part of the Shi'ite alliance that includes Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.