MESOP : U.S. – COMING OR LEAVING ? – U.S. Embassy in Iraq Prepares Evacuation Plans

2014-06-12 07:57 GMT – Iraqinews – The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate its staff since ISIL has taken control over large swaths of Iraq, according to a U.S. State Department official.

The U.S. official also mentioned that the U.S. Embassy, United Nations and other foreign organizations with a presence in Iraq are “preparing contingency plans to evacuate employees.” ISIL has seized control of Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah and intends to create an Islamic state across the Iraq-Syria border. Mortar rounds and rockets have hit Baghdad International Airport and Mosul’s airport has been the target of assault. Iraqi Army forces are conducting military operations in Nineveh and Anbar provinces against the insurgent and terrorist organizations that have occupied those territories.