Flexing muscle, Iraq detains US contractors in Baghdad
By Published: January 16, 2012
Iraqi authorities have detained a few hundred foreign contractors in recent weeks, The New York Times reports, citing industry officials. Many of those detained include Americans who work for the United States Embassy.
Most of those detained were held at the international airport in Baghdad, or at checkpoints around the capital, the Times reports. Iraqi authorities held them to question contractors about documents, including visas, weapons permits and authorizations to drive certain routes, the Times reports.
The crackdown is among other actions taken recently by the Iraqi government after the withdrawl in December of U.S. combat forces.
Iraqi officials have stopped issuing and renewing weapons licenses, for example, and imposing restrictions on contractors, The New York Times reports.