Abadi ordering the opening of the Green Zone to Iraqis 8/29
Abadi ordering the opening of the Green Zone to Iraqis Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Baghdad O.v.پ
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi open the heavily fortified Green Zone, which includes the most important government offices and embassies in Baghdad to Iraqis.
Abadi also announced his intention to the main streets, which closes the parties and political figures under the pretext of maintaining security open.
Ebadi said in a statement released by the office yesterday that «the prime minister ordered the band to own and Baghdad Operations Command, to develop necessary to open the Green Zone to the citizens arrangements».
The statement added that «Abadi ordered all the leaders of operations and security leaders in Baghdad and the provinces to open the main streets closed by the figures and parties and influential and subsidiary, and taking into account the development of plans to protect citizens and auditors to state departments of targeting terrorism».
Located «Green Zone», one of the finest in Baghdad and characterized by its buildings luxury and streets of the petition, on the bank of the Tigris River in the Karkh district of central Baghdad, and includes buildings cabinet and parliament and foreign embassies, most notably the largest embassies of the United States, Britain and the homes of ministers and members of Parliament.
The Green Zone was closed in 2003 after the US invasion of Iraq, and US forces then imposed strict security measures to access.
It has not seen since then only limited security violations, represented in two bombings against Iraqi parliament, and a rocket attack the US Embassy before a US withdrawal from Iraq in 2011.
Iraqi army troops from the Baghdad Operations Command and impose strict security measures at the entrances to the Green Zone, and does not allow citizens to enter only after obtaining authorization from inside the Green Zone allowed to enter.
And see Khalil Naimi retired colonel in the Iraqi army, that the implementation of Prime Minister's decision to open the Green Zone to the citizens, and the reopening of all the streets closed in Baghdad and the provinces, would not be in real time and never, adding that «the Green Zone will not be open without security measures like other areas Baghdad, such as Karrada or Mansour, and this is due to the specificity of the region ».
For closed by political parties to the streets of Al-Naimi he pointed out that «it will be applied, but also in part, by closing a street parties are what, will be forced under the direction of al-Abadi reduced spaces closure so as to ensure their parties from buildings targeting».
And close the majority of the political parties in Iraq, the streets bordering the buildings concrete barriers, in addition to the closure of many political figures as members of Parliament and members of the provinces, governors and leaders of the military councils of the streets where the homes are located to protect them from targeting.
It comes this new procedure comes as steps to combat corruption and improve services, the government began to apply during the last period, after popular demonstrations and rallies supporting Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
And can not enter the Green Zone, but workers and residents, or Almsthsalin special entry permits.
The area is surrounded by a fence and a concrete point guard, and requires access to crossing a series of checkpoints.
As published in the inside tanks and armored vehicles, and shall protect Iraqi special forces.
In the era of the former regime, it was the Green Zone includes the presidential palaces and the headquarters of the establishment of a number of prominent pillars of the regime, but at the time were roads open to cars.
After the fall of the regime following the US invasion in 2003, many of these palaces turned into the headquarters of US forces, and later the establishment of the headquarters of the political class.
Abadi also ordered yesterday «to form a legal specialized committees to review the sale and rental and ownership properties state in Baghdad and the provinces in the previous phase of any party whatsoever, and the return of funds seized outside legal contexts to the state and the restoration of the funds in which the unfairness in the evaluation».
And managed a number of politicians from the acquisition of the former palaces of Saddam Hussein or high-value homes, free of charge or at nominal cost.