Detained Iraqi security officials released on bail

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say nearly two dozen police and security officials arrested on suspicion of forging identity cards and badges have been released on bail.

The men were originally reported arrested on accusations of conspiring to restore Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath party. But the government subsequently denied there was any conspiracy.

In past days, there have been conflicting statements on whether the 19 were still in custody.

Security officials say they were released Tuesday on bail pending completion of an investigation, without specifying whether they will be charged. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.