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
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)
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(Newser) – 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 A similar threat last year, eventually withdrawn, drew huge protests among the foreign service.