BREAKING: Americans being evacuated from Baghdad embassy

Apparently the security has deteriorated to the point that we’re going to start abandoning the largest embassy we’ve ever built at a cost of $592 million. So that’s a good sign of confidence in Iraq forces to defend Baghdad from ISIS, right?



Via NY Times:

The American Embassy in Baghdad plans to evacuate a substantial number of its personnel this week in the face of a militant advance that rapidly swept from the north toward the capital, the State Department announced on Sunday.

The embassy, a beige fortress on the banks of the Tigris River within the heavily-secured Green Zone, where Iraqi government buildings are also located, has the largest staff of any United States Embassy.

The exact number of people being evacuated was not clear Sunday. The embassy would remain open, a person familiar with the planning said, and much of its staff of about 5,500 would stay in Baghdad. The American government is expected to call the move a relocation, suggesting that it is a temporary precaution, the person said.

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Let’s hope they didn’t have to interrupt Obama’s golf game today! No seriously, he was golfing for five hours:

Here’s a map:

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