U.S. cuts embassy staff in Baghdad amid growing signs of sectarian war

June 15, 2014 11:13 PM

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IRBIL, Iraq -- The United States announced Sunday that it was evacuating an undisclosed number of workers from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in a tacit acknowledgment that the situation in the Iraqi capital had become unpredictable and that violence seemed likely.

The announcement came on the same day that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed to have executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, all of them Shiite Muslims who’d been captured last week.

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