Americans Missing in Iraq- Feared Kidnapped

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Americans Missing in Iraq- Feared Kidnapped

At least three Americans are missing in Iraq, according to the US. Embassy in Baghdad. Local media there have reported that they were kidnapped by jihadist militias.

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Stripes reported,

Iraqi media reports said the Americans went missing in south Baghdad on their way to Baghdad International Airport. A Western security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said Sunday that he had been told that three Americans went missing 24 to 48 hours ago. 

There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Kidnappings in Iraq have been carried out by the Islamic State group and Shiite militias as well as criminal gangs demanding ransom payments or disgruntled employees seeking to resolve workplace disputes.

Who are the Americans?

Information on the three Americans could not be confirmed, but thus far the main version is that the three were contractors and were Iraqis that had obtained American citizenship. It is unknown what they were doing in Baghdad when the incident occurred.

“We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq. The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority.‎ We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals. Due to privacy considerations, I have nothing further.” John Kirby, State Department Spokesman

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Fox News reported,

U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said Sunday that “We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans.”

An Iraqi police colonel told AFP on condition of anonymity that three Americans and an Iraqi translator were kidnapped in southern Baghdad by militiamen wearing military uniforms.

“We don’t know what their work is,” the colonel said of the Americans.

Notice the repetitive statement from the U.S. Embassy – almost the exact same wording as the State Department. Which either means they have no clue what to say, or they know full well what’s going on and won’t tell us.

Shi’ite militias

According to Stripes, the Shi’ite militias in Iraq wield more power than the Iraqi security forces. That occurred in 2014, when Iran’s  militias responded to calls for help from Iraq. Most news outlets reported that the security situation in Baghdad has deteriorated recently. It is unclear whether they are missing from being kidnapped by ISIS or the Shi’ite militias. And what was their work in Baghdad? That may provide the answer to all of it.

 

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