US to evacuate Baghdad embassy staff
Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US embassy in Baghdad is evacuating personnel and increasing military security after militants captured vast swathes of territory and advanced toward the capital, officials said on Sunday.
It was unclear how many staff members would be evacuated from the mission. Located within the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses much of the international presence in the city, the US embassy is the largest in the world.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the staff would only be "temporarily relocated" to US consulates in Basra in the south and Arbil in the northern Kurdish territories.
Neither area is currently threatened by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants.
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