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    Americans Kidnapped in Baghdad

    The search has begun. U.S. Embassy staff, responding to local media reports that three American citizens had been kidnapped by militias while en route to Baghdad International Airport, confirm that “several” Americans have gone missing. No one’s been named, owing to “privacy considerations,” and Iraqi authorities have set up checkpoints in the Dora neighborhood southeast of Baghdad and deployed army helicopters to the area. U.S. officials, meanwhile, say they are fully cooperating with the Iraqis, adding, “The safety and security of Americans abroad is our highest priority.”

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