Monday, January 18, 2016

3 Americans remain missing in Iraq

Yesterday, Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) broke the news that 3 Americans were missing in Iraq. This morning, CBS NEWS and AP report, "A group of Americans who went missing over the weekend in Iraq were kidnapped from their interpreter's home in Baghdad, according to an Iraqi government intelligence official."


  • Leader in Asaib Ahl Al Haq militia denies reports in that they were behind Sunday's kidnappings of 3 Americans.

  • W.G. Dunlap (AFP) offers, "Kidnappers have recently seized Qataris and Turks, but it has been years since Americans were abducted, and it is Iraqis who have suffered the most from kidnappers seeking ransoms or to settle scores."

    What happened?

    No one knows at this point.  I'm hearing from State Dept friends that what appears to have happened is that Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr's forces or The League of Righteous have kidnapped the three.  There is also a strong belief that the interpreter who invited the three back to his Baghdad home was either involved in the plot or knows who is behind it.

    None of that is fact, that's what's being speculated on.

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