When the U.S. military completes its withdrawal from Iraq, more than 16,000 people, mostly Americans and third-country nationals, will still remain working in the country. Many of the them are based in Baghdad at the largest U.S. embassy in the world. In his Rock Center debut, Ted Koppel traveled to Iraq ahead of the withdrawal to answer the question: Is America really leaving? Koppel’s report reveals that the U.S. presence – and U.S. government spending – is far from ending.
Private contractors provide security, which is necessary for anyone leaving the embassy compound. Two of the people staying behind are English language officers working for the U.S. State Department. Koppel rides in a convoy with the women to see the extraordinary security measures taken to ensure they stay safe while doing their work.