Diplomat Corps May Be Forced Into Iraq Service

Yanks face orders to fill understaffed Bagdad embassy
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 4:28 AM CDT
Diplomat Corps May Be Forced Into Iraq Service
A portion of the new U.S. embassy under construction is seen from across the Tigris river in Baghdad in their May 19, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)

American diplomats may be forced to serve in Iraq if enough qualified candidates don't come forward voluntarily, reports CNN. The US embassy in Baghdad is chronically short-staffed, and the State Department has threatened that no other diplomatic jobs will be filled until the Baghdad bureau is up to speed. A similar threat last year, eventually withdrawn, drew huge protests among the foreign service. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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