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article imageWashington preparing plans to evacuate Baghdad embassy

By Robert Weller     Jun 11, 2014 in Politics
Tikrit - Bahrain-based Iraqi News reported Washington sources said plans were being prepapred to evacuate the Baghdad embassy.
The site is at http://www.iraqinews.com/ir aq-war/urgent-u-s-embassy-p repares-evacuation-plans/
It is the biggest U.S. embassy in the world, according to The Blaze
After taking Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and Falujah, jihadists were on the verge of taking the home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.
The BBC and others
said some the Sunni rebels have taken Tikrit, but this could not be confirmed.
Meanwhile, reports from Washington say the Obama Administration has refused to authorize air strikes against the rebels.
Al Jazeera said the Turkish Consulate in Mosul was seized on Wednesday and the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 staff members were kidnapped by members of the armed group ISIL. Al Jazeera quoted a police colonel in Mosul.
There is ongoing fighting in the city of Kirkuk.
The Washington Post said the man with the most power is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, called the world’s most dangerous man by Time and the new Osama bin Laden by Le Monde.
Less than three years after US and British troops pulled out of Iraq, following an eight-year occupation, the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appears hard-pressed to stop the drive on Baghdad. Tikrit is 95 miles north of Baghdad.
The New York Times said key oil facilities have been seized.
The US has made clear it will not send troops back, though air support is possible. The last American troops pulled out in December 2011, after 4,500 died following the invasion in April of 2003.
The US is pulling the last troops out of Afghanistan, but not without more loss of life. Five Americans died in friendly fire earlier this week.
The BBC and New York Times say the US-trained Iraqi army there threw down its weapons and took off uniforms and fled when the rebels arrived.
It is not clear who makes up the group of rebels. Some are from a group called the ISIS, and others are backed by al-Qaida. It is feared the ISIS rebels are even more radical than al-Qaida.
ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq. The ISIL is connected with al-Qaida.
Al-Qaida was not even operational in Iraq when former President George Bush launched an invasion in search of weapons of mass destruction that were never found.
Critics say the invasion enabled al-Qaida to get a foothold in Iraq. With the ongoing civil war in Syria, and violence on the Nigerian-Cameroon-Chad borders, the region is a powder keg.
The BBC said that at least 500,000 people have fled Mosul. The Turkish consulate in Mosul is reportedly held by the rebels.
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