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"We are fully aware of the unfolding situation in Iraq and are working closely with the U.S. government to ensure the safety and protection of all of our employees," Lockheed Martin spokesman Mark Johnson said in an email. "All Lockheed Martin employees are safe and secure at this time."
The exact number of employees was not specified.
The employees were at Balad to support the Iraq F-16 program, Johnson said.
The security situation worsened in the country this week after emboldened Sunni militants seized two more cities, including Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, as they moved closer to Baghdad.
On Thursday, President