In The Eye Of The Storm, Baghdad’s Green Zone Remains Sealed

Baghdad’s Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the banks of the Tigris River was known as “Little America” following the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It then became a hated symbol of the country’s inequality, fueling the perception among Iraqis that their government is out of touch. The sealed-off area, with its palm trees and monuments, is home to the gigantic U.S. Embassy in Iraq, one of the largest diplomatic missions in the world. It has also been home to successive Iraqi governments and is off limits to most Iraqis. Various attempts and promises by the Iraqi government to open the area to traffic over the past years have failed to materialize, because of persistent security concerns.

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A centre for tension and conflict ...

 

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So, Iraq plans to reopen Baghdad Green Zone to the public ... I'm expecting mess, again

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Green Zone is the best picture of Iraq: deeply divided society!

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"A rocket attack on May 19 landed less than a mile from the United States Embassy in Baghdad’s well-fortified International Green Zone." Just imagine what could be after reopened GZ...

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6 minutes ago, 50 shades of black said:

Reopen zone = reopen the possibility of terror attacks...

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Explosions-In-Iraqi-Oil-Hotspot-Kill-Five.html

Already a mess. Exxon is heading back in, though, after Iraq frowned on the company for removing its foreign personnel following the US embassy evacuating all non-essential personnel. Seems prudent, but what do I know. 

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