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President wants everyone but himself to pay more
Topic - U.S. Embassy In Baghdad
Battered by scandals surrounding security failures in Benghazi and allegations of criminal activity by diplomats, the State Department is taking over the sensitive process by which background checks are given to locals hired to work at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the largest and most expensive diplomatic post in the world.
The Obama administration's pick to be the next ambassador to Iraq is withdrawing his nomination amid concerns that he engaged in improper behavior while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in 2008.
Senate Republicans are pressing the White House to dump its nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, citing concerns about his abilities and judgment amid allegations that he acted inappropriately while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad during President George W. Bush's second term.
The U.S. ambassador in Syria is warning that the widespread peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad could erupt into civil war, while the Syrian Embassy in Washington is howling over charges it is intimidating Syrian dissidents in the United States.
An employee of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria of stealing nearly $250,000 that had been intended for the payment of the embassy's shipping and customs services, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, who heads the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson yesterday repeated his call to leave "zero troops" behind after withdrawing from Iraq, trying to distinguish himself from other Democratic candidates during two presidential forums.