LONDON (AP) _ The Reuters news agency called Wednesday for the United States to release a news cameraman who is being detained by the U.S. military after being taken into custody in Iraq two weeks ago.

Reuters claims the U.S. military has refused to give reasons for the arrest and detention of 36-year-old cameraman Ali al-Mashhadani.

The group's global managing editor David Schlesinger said the company was ``concerned and dismayed by this unexplained and prolonged detention of a journalist working for us.''

He demanded access to Mashhadani and urged the U.S. military to either release the journalist or provide a full account of the accusations against him.

``In the interests of the independent media the United States has pledged to foster in Iraq, it is imperative the authorities act speedily to clarify with news organizations any suspicions arising from the activities of journalists working for us,'' Schlesinger said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also called for the military to explain why it is holding Mashhadani or release him.

``U.S. forces continue these alarming detentions of working journalists without any acceptable explanation, or anything resembling due process,'' said the group's executive director, Ann Cooper.