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The U.S. military has arrested three high-level employees at the Baghdad International Airport on suspicion they were involved in kidnappings and attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops, officials said Friday.

The arrests of the three men, who were not named, were made Thursday at the airport, according to a Multi-National Corps-Iraq news release.

“The corrupt workers are suspected of having positioned themselves in several high-level jobs at the airport to establish a base and conduct kidnapping operations against Iraqi Security Forces and innocent civilians who stand up against the group’s criminal activities,” the release read.

It was not clear what kind of jobs the men had, or whether other workers were suspected of involvement. U.S. military officials did not rule out further investigation or arrests in the case.

“The men are further suspected of participating in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces with improvised explosive devices and mortars,” the statement read.

The airport is adjacent to both the U.S. military air field near Baghdad and the sprawling Camp Victory complex that serves as the command center for U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq. Security at the airport is tight, as is security along the “airport road” leading from downtown Baghdad.


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