UN Relocates Staff Members From Baghdad as Threat Level Rises

Just three days after the UN declared Baghdad 'safe,' 58 international staff members have been relocated to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria stand guard at a checkpoint. Reuters

The United Nations says it has relocated 58 staff members from Baghdad, and may move additional personnel out of the Iraqi capital in the coming days, due to growing security concerns.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq made the announcement Monday when asked whether the U.N. stood by his statement on Friday that "Baghdad is safe."

"I think the fact that we're going to be relocating some staff speaks for itself," Haq said. "The situation has changed on the ground in the last few days and we are adjusting our posture accordingly."

He said some 200 U.N. international staff members were in Baghdad and 58, now in Amman, Jordan, will be relocated to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.