Memo to US Diplomats Under Fire in Iraq

The State Department on Thursday told U.S. diplomats in Baghdad to take shelter in reinforced structures amid continuing incoming insurgent rocket fire that has killed two American government workers this week.

The text of a memo sent to embassy staff containing the instruction follows.

SUBJECT: Transition of Operations and Sleeping Quarters to Hardened Structure

Due to the continuing threat of indirect fire in the International Zone, all personnel are advised to remain under hard cover at all times. Personnel should only move outside of hard cover for essential reasons. Essential outdoor movements should be sharply limited in duration. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory for all outside movements.

We strongly recommend personnel do not sleep in their trailers. Night workers should rest inside hardened structures during daylight hours. All personnel are welcome to sleep inside the Palace and at the New Embassy Compound. Limited supplies of cots continue to be available.

Day workers who operate outside or in unhardened structures should transition their work to hard cover locations. GSO (General Services Officer) will coordinate with affected sections to identify suitable locations.

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