Friday, April 20, 2007

U.S. walls off Baghdad neighborhood

Yahoo! News: By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer
Fri Apr 20, 2:10 PM ET
Iraqi army soldiers share a moment with Iraqi children at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, 20 April 2007. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has urged Iraqi leaders to end sectarian conflict and warned that American troops would not stay on indefinitely if no progress is made.(AFP/Ali Yussef)

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers are building a three-mile wall to protect a Sunni Arab enclave surrounded by Shiite neighborhoods in a Baghdad area 'trapped in a spiral of sectarian violence and retaliation,' the military said.

When the wall is finished, the minority Sunni community of Azamiyah, on the eastern side of the Tigris River, will be gated, and traffic control points manned by Iraqi soldiers will be the only entries, the military said.

'Shiites are coming in and hitting Sunnis, and Sunnis are retaliating across the street,' said Capt. Scott McLearn, of the U.S. 407th Brigade Support Battalion, which began the project April 10 and is working 'almost nightly until the wall is complete,' the statement said.

It said the concrete wall, including barriers as tall as 12 feet, 'is one of the centerpieces of a new strategy by coalition and Iraqi forces to break the cycle of sectarian violence' in Baghdad."


vause said...

I think that this is a good idea considering that fact that to factions hate each other.

PV2Wuff said...

ok, I'm too young to remember much more then when it got tore down, but this kinda makes me think of Berlin, and its famous piece of 'crete.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you wuffy and think our reader Vause has missed the point of the article in his haste to publicize his blog.