Sunday, 18 September 2011
Massive U.S. Embassy In Iraq Will Expand Further As Soldiers Leave
Huffington Post reports (September 16th): American combat troops in
Iraq may be heading to the exits -- or not -- but the government's enormously expensive intervention there is hardly coming to an end. U.S.
In a telling sign of how dangerous and chaotic Iraq remains more than eight years after President George W. Bush launched the war against Saddam Hussein, U.S. diplomats, military advisers and other officials are planning to fall back to the gargantuan embassy in Baghdad -- a heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City.
The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high walls, guard towers and machine-gun emplacements lie not just the embassy itself, but more than 20 other buildings.