Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Authorities shorten Baghdad curfew, citing improved security

Above: Sunset over Baghdad. Iraqis moved clocks ahead one hour on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time. Sunset comes at 7:25 tonight, and will come later each night through the beginning of summer.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Citing improved security in the capital, the government on Tuesday said it was shortening the Baghdad curfew by two hours and would allow citizens to be on the streets until 10 p.m.

Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, the spokesman for the Baghdad security operation, said the curfew had been shortened "because the security situation has improved and people needed more time to go shopping."

Since the latest U.S.-Iraqi joint security operation began on Feb. 14, the military had enforced a 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. ban on citizens being on the streets. Before that the curfew had been from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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