Iraq’s ruling class pops the wartime bubble 16 years later
The high-security ‘Green Zone’ will open to civilians for the first time since the US invaded
It was long the seat of Saddam Hussein’s iron-fisted rule, then a sealed-off symbol of US occupation and, more recently, out-of-touch politicians. On Tuesday, Baghdad’s emblematic “Green Zone” fully reopened.
The move is yet another signal that Iraq is getting back on its feet after decades of conflict – and that its government is searching for political capital to head off summertime protests.
The high-security zone in the centre of Baghdad had been totally inaccessible for a vast majority of Iraqis since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003...