Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base

2014-06-12 20:36

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Washington - Officials say three plane loads of Americans are being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad to escape potential threats from a fast-moving insurgency.

A current US official and a former senior Obama administration official say that means the American training mission at the air field in Balad has been grounded indefinitely.

Twelve US personnel who were stationed at Balad were the first to be evacuated. Several hundred American contractors are still waiting to leave.

They have been training Iraqi forces to use fighter jets and surveillance drones.

Other US contractors at a tank training ground in the city of Taji are still continuing for now.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they refused to be named in discussing the sensitive situation.

- AP
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