Enough diplomats volunteer for duty in Baghdad's Green Zone that mandatory assignments will not be necessary. The U.S. State Department had said it would force diplomats to accept dozens of empty posts at the embassy in Baghdad. Many balked, saying it was too dangerous.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
A diplomatic dust up seems to have been settled. You might remember that the U.S. State Department said it would force diplomats to accept dozens of empty posts at the embassy in Baghdad. Back in Washington, many balked saying it was too dangerous to go to Baghdad. Now the Associated Press reports enough officers have volunteered for duty in the Green Zone that mandatory assignments will not be necessary.
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