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A U.S. Army civilian employee believed to have been kidnapped in Iraq in January has been returned to American military control, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

Issa Salomi, became unaccounted for on January 23 and was believed to have been kidnapped by a Shiite militant group in Baghdad, where he was assigned to U.S. Forces.

Salomi, an army interpreter, was returned on March 25, the department said Saturday, adding that the circumstances of his disappearance were under investigation.

compiled from agency reports