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  • Iraq, July 08, 2018

    The Diyala province police chief announced the release of the two Filipina women who were kidnapped a day earlier. The identities, affiliation, and motivation of the kidnappers were not yet clear. (reuters.com, 8 July 2018)

  • Iraq, July 07, 2018

    Two Filipina women were kidnapped on a road connecting Baghdad to oil city Kirkuk. The women were traveling with three other nationals of the Philippines on their way to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, when their car broke down. The two women exited the car after it broke down when unknown men drove by in a yellow car and took them. The identities, affiliation, and motivation of the kidnappers were not immediately clear. There has been an uptick in attacks and kidnappings by Islamic State militants over the past few weeks near the area the women were taken from. In June eight members of the security forces were kidnapped and later executed by Islamic State militants on the same highway. (reuters.com, 7 July 2018)