years," said Jeanine Jackson
, the State Department's
Iraq management officer."You just don't know what you're going to run into every day."
Monday's hand-over surprised Jackson
and hundreds of others at the State Department who were still preparing for the embassy's first full day, which was expected to be today.Instead of celebrating, they fretted about tying up loose ends.
replied when asked what most worried her
"It's so darned dangerous and there are so many people and it is a very high priority of the U.S. government that we be there."
The loss of the eight armored cars, Jackson
said, was a setback for the effort to build a fleet of about 250 armored vehicles for embassy staff.
So far, she
has been able to deliver only about 150 cars which will be used every time an embassy employee ventures out of the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad.Jackson
helped create U.S. embassies in 14 former Soviet republics in the