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Thousands of U.S. Civilians in Middle East Vulnerable to Iran Retaliation

Spy Talk   March 19, 2012

Tens of thousands of Americans in the Middle East–not just Israelis–are potentially vulnerable to Iranian retaliation for attacks on its nuclear facilities, a fact underscored by the mysterious emergence last week of an American contractor who said he’d been kidnapped by a pro-Iran shiite militia in Iraq.

The American embassy in Baghdad said it had no records of the disappearance of Randy Michael Hultz, a former U.S. Army soldier who had returned to pursue business opportunities in Iraq. Hultz said h’d been held for nine months by a paramilitary group connected to Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Iraqi shiite leader who is allied with Iran.

But even before the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq in December, the American Embassy had issued an official warning to its approximately 16,000 employees, 80 per cent of them security contractors, about the threat of kidnapping.

The threat came mainly from pro-Iran militias, analysts said.

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March 20, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iran, Iraq, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment