Various Baghdad sources reported Sunday night that the three unidentified Americans and their Iraqi interpreter, who were kidnapped in the Iraqi capital, are in the hands of a pro-Iranian Shiite militia, after being abducted in the Shiite Dora district of southern Baghdad which is ruled by that militia. DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources add if this claim is confirmed, it would represent a serious turn of events for US-Iranian relations, just a day after the lifting of sanctions and the release of three American prisoners by Iran.

The US State Department said it knew that the three Americans had been kidnapped and was working with the Iraqi government to recover them. A large group of American military personnel are positioned in Baghdad to advise the Iraqi army on tactics against ISIS.