Security beefed up at US embassy in Baghdad

Iraqi Army soldiers and volunteers chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant inside of the main army recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June. 14, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Iraqi Army soldiers and volunteers chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant inside of the main army recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June. 14, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security is being beefed up at the U.S. embassy in the capital of Iraq and some staff members are being temporarily moved to other parts of Iraq and to Jordan.

A State Department spokeswoman says in a statement that a “substantial majority” of U.S. embassy staff will remain even as parts of the country experience instability and violence.

She says the Baghdad embassy will continue to engage daily with Iraqis.

U.S. travelers in the country were encouraged to exercise caution and limit travel to certain parts of Iraq.

An al-Qaida splinter group surprised Western intelligence organizations last week and took control of major Iraqi cities.

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