U.S. travelers in the country were encouraged to avoid all by essential travel and exercise great caution.
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A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO’-ree ahl-MAHL’-ih-kee) cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so.

Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was bolstered and some staff members were being moved out of Iraq’s capital city as it was threatened by the advance of an al-Qaida inspired insurgency, a State Department spokeswoman said Sunday.