Iraq's 'Green Zone' Profiled

Baghdad's "International Zone," often known as the Green Zone, is a city unlike any other.
September 27, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The Green Zone is encircled with 14-foot-tall concrete blast barriers, rolls of barbed-wire fencing, snipers and checkpoints manned by U.S. soldiers. A few Iraqis who work closely with U.S. and British officials choose to live there, too...

Many Iraqis who lived in the zone have moved out, renting their houses to coalition governments or Western companies, which pay top dollar. Those remaining have watched with alarm and wonder as Americans have taken over their neighborhood, Humvees have filled their streets and their lives have been increasingly forced to conform to the security needs of frightened foreigners."

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Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 in Wall St. Journal
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