Officially In: James F. Jeffrey to Baghdad

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On June 25, President Obama announced his intent to nominate James F. Jeffrey to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq. The WH released the following brief bio:

James Franklin Jeffrey is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, grade of Career Minister.  He began his current assignment as Ambassador to Turkey in November 2008.   Ambassador Jeffrey has previously served in Washington as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Near Eastern Bureau, and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq.  From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Jeffrey served in Baghdad as Deputy Chief of Mission and later Charge d’Affaires.  His previous assignments have involved the Balkans, as Ambassador to Albania and Deputy Special Representative for Bosnia Implementation, and Deputy Chief of Mission in both Turkey and Kuwait.  Ambassador Jeffrey earlier held a variety of assignments in Washington and abroad in the European and Near Eastern Bureaus, including postings in Munich, Adana, Ankara, Sofia, and Tunis.  Ambassador Jeffrey served in the US Army as an infantry branch officer from 1969 to 1976, with service in Germany and Vietnam.

He has a B.A. from Northeastern University and a M.S.B.A. from Boston University.

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