Sunday, April 01, 2007

Two suicide vests found unexploded in heavily fortified Green Zone

Above: One of many checkpoints leading to the green zone. The 'Green Zone' is an area of of Baghdad blocks barricaded against intrusion. The area was originally home to the villas of government officials, several government ministries, and a number of palaces of Saddam Hussein. Today it contains the headquarters for all American operations, as well as Iraqi Ministerial Offices and the National Assembly. A number of top Iraqi government officials live there as well.

BAGHDAD: Two suicide vests were found unexploded in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, a military spokesman said Sunday, less than a week after a rocket attack killed two Americans in the vast central area.

U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Mark Fox said the vests were found Saturday and the matter was under investigation.

"It reflects the nature of the security challenge that we're facing," he told reporters, without giving more details.

Two Americans — a contractor and a soldier — were killed in a rocket attack on the Green Zone on Tuesday.

Read the rest at the International Herald Tribune

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