October 27, 2007

Diplomats to serve in Iraq

The US State Department announced it will force diplomats to serve in Iraq to fill a growing number of vacant positions at its embassy in Baghdad on threat of dismissal. The department has not received applications for about 50 of 250 Baghdad jobs to be filled by mid-2008, said Harry Thomas, the department's director of human resources.

Between 200 to 300 diplomats have been identified as potential candidates and will receive a letter ordering them to apply for a Baghdad position. The targeted diplomats will have 10 days to reply. After the deadline passes, a panel will directly appoint diplomats.

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