I think it was October when I applied for a job teaching English in Iraq. It was for a new American University located on the road to the airport. Two friends also saw the ad and applied. I spoke to both and like me they were surprised by how professional the director was and the program at the new American University of Baghdad. The weeks passed and none of us heard anything. Then the news started reporting about protests in Baghdad. One friend contacted the director who told him that they were postponing hiring till September. They’d get by with a small staff for this winter semester, the first for their new university.
This week’s news of the attack on the US Embassy and the death of Suleimani confirmed for me that it’s all for the best that I’m working for the census locally.
Since all Americans have been ordered out of Iraq, my guess is that university won’t be open this semester.