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Official explains why Green Zone is hard to be opened

A security official said that opening the Green Zone in central Baghdad is not easy because of the presence of prominent politicians there, adding that the Green Zone contains local and foreign sensitive political and security headquarters.

The 10 square kilometer zone is home to the state's top political institutions and embassies. Outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced in 2015 opening the Green Zone to the public for the first time in 12 years.

After former President Saddam Hussein was overthrown by American forces in 2003, ongoing violence and insecurity prevailed in Iraq. However, dignitaries and officials resorted to the Green Zone.

Surrounded by its blast walls and checkpoints, The US and UK built diplomatic missions in the Green Zone. Iraq’s Parliament and Cabinet also resorted to the zone.

New Prime Minister Abdel-Mahdi expressed aspiration to bring the government closer to people, saying that all Iraq should be a “Green Zone”.
Last Modified: Monday، 29 October 2018 01:13 AM