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U.S. Embassy in Iraq limits movement, cites terrorist threats

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 4, 2011

BAGHDAD — The U.S. Embassy in Iraq drastically limited movement this weekend between U.S. bases — even within the fortified International or “Green” Zone — following reports of credible terrorist threats.

Due to severe threats of kidnapping operations and terrorist attacks throughout Iraq, including the International Zone, the U.S. Embassy has greatly enhanced the security posture for U.S. Government employees,” the State Department announced in a Saturday travel advisory.

The security changes were enforced as the U.S. continues its drawdown of all military forces not attached to the embassy by Dec. 31. There were approximately 12,000 troops remaining as of Wednesday, military officials said last week.

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