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Police foil plot to kidnap U.S. officials in Green Zone

Local police are holding four Iraqis accused of plotting to kidnap two U.S. officials inside the Green Zone, a heavily fortified area that houses the U.S. Embassy. The previously undisclosed arrests early this month, investigated by Baghdad’s Major Crimes Unit, are the first plot uncovered to kidnap U.S. officials inside the Green Zone, say Baghdad police and Steven Casteel, the senior U.S. adviser to the Interior Ministry. The case raises concerns about militant capabilities to penetrate U.S. and allied government facilities. “The objective of the operation was to show how mujahedin (insurgents) … are able to strike deep inside the Green Zone,” said police 1st Lt. Khalid Abbas, a counterterrorism officer. Full Story

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