3 Americans Kidnapped in Baghdad Freed

Iraqi security forces in Baghdad / AP


Three Americans kidnapped in Baghdad last month have been freed, the State Department said Tuesday.

"We sincerely appreciate the assistance provided by the government of Iraq, and its whole-of-government effort to bring about the safe release of these individuals," State Department spokesman Mark Toner stated, according to Reuters.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that the U.S. citizens were contractors for the State Department. The Defense Department would help transport the Americans out of the region Tuesday, he said.

The Associated Press first reported the news, citing Iraqi officials. According to Reuters, the Americans freed are the same three who were kidnapped in Iraq’s capital last month.

The Americans’ release was reported by Iraqi media and confirmed by an Iraqi government source and an official in Iraq’s Interior Ministry, according to Reuters. A source with the U.S. government also confirmed the release, though the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad did not immediately comment on the matter.

"The three Americans were released in an area near Yousifiya, south of Baghdad. Intelligence forces received them and will hand them over to the American authorities [in Baghdad]," the interior ministry official said.

Iraqi authorities said last month that the three Americans were abducted in Baghdad by Iran-backed Shiite militias. Reports of their abduction first emerged on January 17.

This post will be updated as further information becomes available.

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Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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