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Gunmen Strike Baghdad Diplomats, U.S. Urges Calm

Iraq and the United States sought to prevent an exodus of diplomats from Baghdad on Wednesday after an ambush prompted Pakistan to pull out its ambassador, Bahrain’s envoy was shot and Egypt’s was kidnapped. The Pakistani and Bahraini diplomats were both attacked by gunmen in their cars on Tuesday, three days after Egyptian chief of mission Ihab el-Sherif was snatched from the streets. Al Qaeda’s wing in Iraq said it was holding Sherif. The group has beheaded foreign captives in the past. “They’re trying to send a message to countries not to boost their representation in Iraq,” said Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kubba. Washington urged other countries not to pull out. Full Story

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