Report: Americans In Baghdad Kidnapped By Iran-Backed Militia


IRAQ — Three Americans have reportedly been kidnapped in Baghdad. The two contractors and a translator were captured by militants on the south side of city, at the translators home.

Reuters now reports the Americans were taken by an Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia. The victims are not believed to be in Iran, the report said.

The identities of the reported victims was not immediately known. The U.S. State Department says they are aware of the report and are working with Iraqi authorities to locate & recover the missing people.

“We are aware of reports that American citizens are missing in Iraq,” a State Department official told NBC News. “We are working with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals. The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority.”

The three American contractors went missing early this week, a senior security official in Baghdad told CNN.

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[Baghdad is the capital of the Republic of Iraq. The population of Baghdad, as of 2011, is approximately 7,216,040, making it the largest city in Iraq, the second largest city in the Arab world, and the second largest city in Western Asia.]