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Obama taps Jeffrey as ambassador to Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • U.S. ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, nominated as ambassador to Iraq
  • Jeffrey's replacing Christopher Hill
  • When he accepted job, Hill said he would stay for a year
  • Obama also announced nominations for ambassadors to Cameroon and Chile

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama nominated Ambassador James Jeffrey, currently the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, to be the next ambassador to Iraq on Friday.

Jeffrey has served as ambassador to Turkey since November 2008. He also served as special advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq in Washington and was deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires in Baghdad. He is replacing Christopher Hill, who began serving as ambassador in April 2009.

When he accepted the post last year, Hill said he would stay on for one year. In recent months, he agreed to stay on for the summer as government formation progressed.

Obama also announced that he nominated Robert Jackson to be ambassador to Cameroon and Alejandro Wolff to be ambassador to Chile. Jackson is currently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. Wolff is the deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, a position he has held since December 2005.

The U.S. Senate must approve the President Obama's nominations before the nominees take their positions.