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A US citizen working for an international aid organization in Iraq was shot dead in the capital of Baghdad on Monday.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a news conference that they are investigating the reports and will notify relatives before making public statements.

Iraqis walk past election posters and candidate banners in the Karrada district of the capital Baghdad.
(SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Two Iraqi police officers told the Associated Press that the man was driving in the central district of Karrada when a car cut him off and gunmen opened fire from another vehicle, killing him. The man’s wife and son were also in the car, but were not injured.

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The man’s identity has not been released. It was not immediately clear what the motive was or if the armed men were trying to kidnap the aid worker.

A veiled protester holds an Iraqi flag as people gather near the Green Zone area in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 30, 2022.

A veiled protester holds an Iraqi flag as people gather near the Green Zone area in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 30, 2022.
(AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

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Attacks on foreigners have been rare following the defeat of ISIS in the country some five years ago.

The US Army still has approximately 2,500 soldiers in Iraq, where they serve in a non-combat advisory role to the Iraqi Army.

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