Iraqi PM Opens Green Zone to All Citizens
by the associated press BAGHDAD - Oct 4, 2015, 1:55 PM ET

Prime Minister's Iraq Haidar al-Abadi Has Declared The Heavily Fortified Green Zone Open To All Of His Citizens For The First Time In 12 Years.

A statement from the premier's office says al-Abadi was the first to pass through the newly-opened Green Zone, or the International Zone as it is officially known.

A senior Green Zone security official tells The Associated Press that much of the restrictions on the Green Zone will still remain in place, particularly on streets leading to high-level government buildings and embassies, including the US embassy. The official spoke anonymously because he is not authorized to brief the media.

The zone has continued to be a target for bombings and rockets over the years, despite the concrete walls that surround it.