Some Diplomats Ordered To Work In Iraq

Friday, October 26th 2007, 9:27 pm
By: News On 6

STATE DEPARTMENT (AP) -- The "help wanted" Iraq postings didn't work. Now, the State Department says it will require some diplomats to serve at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

A Foreign Service official says beginning Monday, 200 to 300 diplomats will be notified that they've been identified as "prime candidates" to fill 40 to 50 vacancies that will open next year at the embassy.

Those notified that they have been selected for a one-year posting will have 10 days to respond. Only those with compelling reasons, such as a medical condition, will be excused from duty.

He said those being sent to Iraq will receive extra pay and vacation time. About 50 diplomats will be needed in Iraq by January over the current level of 200.

However, those refusing Iraq duty may face disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.