3 French Christian Workers Kidnapped in Iraq Released

The French Government Has Announced Plans to Withdraw Troops from Iraq

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Three French Christian charity workers who were kidnapped in Iraq in January have been freed. Four aid workers including an Iraqi national were abducted in Baghdad on January 20.

The release, which was confirmed by President Emmanuel Macron’s office, came a day after France announced plans to withdraw its troops from Iraq due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Details about the release of Alexandre Goodarzy, Julien Dittmar, Antoine Brochon and Iraqi Tariq Mattoka were not released.

“The president expresses his gratitude to the Iraqi authorities for their co-operation,” part of the statement said.

As of last week, no group had claimed responsibility for the abduction of the SOS Chrétiens d’Orient members. The group has been working in Iraq since 2014.