"The risk level was becoming unacceptable for us, making it impossible for our programs to operate," Simon Springett, Oxfam's program manager for Iraq told the Associated Press from Amman, Jordan.
began withdrawing its 15 international staff members on Monday and completed the move within 48 hours, Springett
said.The London-based aid group had been working on water and sanitation projects with UNICEF in Iraq.
Last week's bombing of the UN's Baghdad headquarters, which killed 23 and injured more than 100, was only one of the factors contributing to Oxfam's
"We felt international organizations were becoming increasingly targeted," he
said."I think there's been a blurring of humanitarian and military operations in Iraq," Springett
said."It's setting a very dangerous precedent."He
had spoken to several other aid groups that were also reviewing their security in Iraq.