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American contractors tell of 31 days of abuse as captives of government-allied Iraqi militia | McClatchy DC

American contractors tell of 31 days of abuse as captives of government-allied Iraqi militia | McClatchy DC

January 15 was a relatively quiet day for Baghdad, the bomb-battered capital where Waiel El-Maadawy, an Army veteran and former Florida sheriff’s deputy, had spent years as a contractor for the U.S.-led effort to train Iraqi security forces.

El-Maadawy was feeling relieved. He’d just hired an Iraqi he knew, a man nicknamed Abu Marina, as an interpreter to help with the urgent task of training Iraqi commandos to fight Islamic State jihadists. He and two fellow contractors – his cousin, Amr Mohamed, of Bullhead City, Arizona, and Russell Frost, of Wichita, Kansas, sealed the deal over tea at Abu Marina’s apartment in southeastern Baghdad.

Source: American contractors tell of 31 days of abuse as captives of government-allied Iraqi militia | McClatchy DC