Last week U.S. forces began building a controversial wall around a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, ostensibly to protect its residents from sectarian violence. On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he opposed the construction and had ordered it stopped.
AP via Forbes:
In his first public comments on the issue, al-Maliki said he had ordered the construction to stop.
“I oppose the building of the wall and its construction will stop,” al-Maliki told reporters during a joint news conference with the Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa in Cairo, Egypt. “There are other methods to protect neighborhoods.”
He did not elaborate but added “this wall reminds us of other walls,” in an apparent reference to the wall that divided the German city of Berlin during the Cold War.