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Green Zone to "Temporarily" be opened on Monday

Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi has issued a decree to temporarily open on Monday the Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone to the public.

The zone was built by the US in 2003 so as to secure its embassy, as well as the Iraqi public institutions, other international diplomatic buildings, and multinational companies' offices.

The opening coincides with the first anniversary of Iraq's victory over ISIS.

However, the area will be closed again in two weeks if the move turned out “unsuccessful,” the premier's office said in a statement.

Last month, the partial reopening of the Green Zone was delayed. The enclave has been home to Iraq’s parliament, government offices, United Nations agencies and western embassies since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Earlier this week, Iraqi authorities began removing concrete barriers to ease access to a key route that cuts across the enclave, ahead of a planned opening.