The State Department has restricted all U.S. diplomats to the Green Zone in Baghdad while it conducts a security review, presumably inspired by the suspension of its preferred mercenary bodyguards.

Not to worry, the American mega-embassy’s swimming pool, food court and beauty shop should keep our diplomats occupied.


The US has suspended all road journeys by its diplomats in Iraq outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

This follows an incident in which 11 Iraqi civilians died when security guards from the US firm Blackwater opened fire in a busy Baghdad square.

Blackwater has a contract to guard all US State Department employees in Iraq.

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