Wednesday, April 02, 2008

IslamOnline reporter interviews people in the "Reddish-Green Zone"

A correspondent for the news-site interviewed people in the Green Zone and others about the situation in the Green Zone, and he writes in English:

Observers say the attacks are becoming more well-planed by the passing of each day, coming closer to military centers, government complexes and diplomat offices.

The atmosphere is tense that many diplomats have cabled their countries about the risk in staying inside the Green Zone, now nicknamed the "Green-Reddish Zone" in a reference to the blood painting its streets.

The US Embassy's press office declined to speak about actual incidents and just said the Green Zone is and will continue to be the safest place in Iraq.


US commanders say the rocket fire originates from Sadr City, a bastion of the Mehdi Army militia of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad.

A senior militant for Sadr militia seemed to claim credit.

"We are just making tests. Much more damage can be caused by our weapons," he said.

"We will use them in right time to show that the US military is unable to secure not only the Green Zone but all Iraq and maybe they decide that the best thing to do is leave our country for Muslims to govern."

But military expert and Ministry of Defense senior officer Lt. Col. Mohammad Saeed believes Sunni and Shiite fighters, both intent on weakening the government and US military power, might have carried out the attacks.
It is the only English-language report I've seen so far to explain the Green Zone crisis, and needless to say the whole article is worth reading.


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