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184 posted on 01/01/2009 8:11:54 PM PST by Velveeta
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As Clock Strikes 12, U.S. Hands Iraq Control of Green Zone

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When the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, the U.S. returned the palace to the Iraqi government and relinquished formal control over the Green Zone, a heavily fortified six-square-mile enclave on the Tigris River where key U.S. and Iraqi bureaucracies are situated.

The handover is a sign of the shrinking footprint and influence of the United States in a country where it has lost thousands of lives and spent billions of dollars. For many Iraqis, the handover represents a significant step forward in their gradual reassertion of dominion over their own affairs.

“On January 1, we are going to control this,” Adnan Karim, 22, an Iraqi soldier manning a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the Green Zone, said, beaming. “The U.S. will be here just as observers. It’s a matter of pride.” .....
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/31/AR2008123103121.html?hpid=topnews


185 posted on 01/01/2009 10:30:40 PM PST by Velveeta
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