Iraq Crisis: U.S. Plans Evacuate Some Staff Members From Baghdad Embassy

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Volunteers who joined to fight with the Iraqi Army against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Reuters

The New York Times says the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate many of its workers. 

It’s unclear how many people will be evacuated, but the embassy will remain open with at least 5,500 of its staff to run the facility. Those who are moved will be flown to Amman, Jordan.

An insider told the New York Times the government would call the move a “relocation,” which shows the State Department could just be taking precautionary measures.

Though it seems like the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is gaining territory, the Shite militiamen in the capital said 'ISIS will not take Baghdad,” the Guardian reported.

"They [ISIS] have a very effective media arm," a senior Iraqi official told the news site. "They could actually teach the west about the art of propaganda. But when a real force stands and fights them -- as they will in Baghdad -- they cannot take this city."

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