US embassy in the Iraqi capital said it is aware of the reports but
cannot comment as of yet.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the US government has
been informed of the reports of missing American citizens in Iraq and
with the full cooperation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and
recover the individuals.”
safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest
Kirby added in his statement.
to CNN correspondent Michael Holmes, citing a senior security
official, three American contractors went missing in the Iraqi
capital two days ago.
the Muslim world split along sectarian lines, the atmosphere in the
region has become tenser since the execution of a prominent Shia
cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, by Sunni Saudi Arabia. Massive rallies
have been staged by thousands of protesters in front of the Saudi
embassy in Baghdad. The militias of southern Iraq are predominantly