Incident Summary:

01/16/2016: Assailants kidnapped four people, including three United States citizens, in Dora, Baghdad city, Baghdad governorate, Iraq. The United States citizens were released on February 16, 2016; the whereabouts of the fourth hostage are unknown. One of the three released, Russell Frost, later died from his injuries. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq and Saraya al-Salam.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Dora neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity General Dynamics
Specific Description Security Contractors: Amro Mohammed, Wael al-Mahdawy
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Security Contractor: Russel Furat
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 3
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq No
Saraya al-Salam No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Reports: Iraqi intelligence service releases American hostages captured by Shi'ite militias," Jerusalem Post, February 16, 2016.
"Daughter: Contractor died of issues tied to Iraqi abduction,", December 5, 2017.
"Iraq's prime minister blames criminal gangs in abduction of 3 Americans," Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 23, 2016.