Annan orders some UN staff…

Annan orders some UN staff out of Iraq

With the bloodshed mounting in Iraq, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ordered some UN staff to leave the country temporarily, his spokesman said.

The announcement came as a blow as the United States and anti-war opponents like France debate how great a role the United Nations should have in helping to rebuild the war-torn country.

In the past day or so, a member of the ruling council was assassinated, a NBC hotel was bombed, and US soldiers have been killed. The attacks are escalating both in quantity and ferocity.