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Newsline: U.S. Embassy monitors situation in Iraq’s Green Zone

The U.S. Embassy said it’s monitoring the situation in Baghdad’s Green Zone, adding that reports that embassy personnel are being evacuated are inaccurate. The American embassy in Baghdad — the world’s largest — lies just a few hundred yards (metres) from where the protesters who stormed parliament Saturday were gathered. The Green Zone houses parliament, which protesters stormed on Saturday, the prime minister’s office, the presidency and several other key institutions and top officials’ homes. Thousands of wide-eyed Iraqis marvelled at the fountains, flowers and perfect lawns in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday, a day after protesters breached the walls of the fortified area. The visitors were mostly protesters who broke in on Saturday but also included Baghdadis taking the opportunity to see an area that was off-limits for so many years that it acquired almost mythical status in the psyche of ordinary citizens. The peaceful and joyful atmosphere belied the momentous nature of the situation: protesters roaming freely in the Green Zone, one of the world’s most high-security institutional quarters.



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