US state department has said it will require its diplomats to staff its
embassy in Iraq due to a lack of volunteers.
Forty to 50 posts will be open next year in the embassy, located in Baghdad's fortified green zone.
Until now postings have been staffed on a voluntary
basis and have often been hard to fill.
Up to 300 US diplomats will be notified that they
are "prime candidates" for one-year terms in Iraq.
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