Stars and Stripes: “Under cover of night, Baghdad wall is built”

Iraq_wall

(Photo:Sean Ransford)

Despite the negative publicity and protests the Adhamiyah Wall in Baghdad has been completed. From Stars and Stripes

Construction of a controversial, three-mile blast wall in one of Baghdad’s
most troubled neighborhoods was completed recently, following three months of
grueling labor and heated protests from Iraqi residents and government
officials.

The barrier, which consists of thousands of 12-foot-high concrete slabs, or
T-walls, rings much of Adhamiyah — an island of Sunni families in Baghdad’s
predominantly Shiite east side.

Engineers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team lowered
the final 7-ton slab into place in the early morning darkness of May 28,
according to a U.S. military statement issued Tuesday.

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Troops worked at night to build the wall, enduring attacks from insurgents
and hauling concrete barriers and work equipment down roads heavily mined by
roadside bombs. In one incident, the brigade’s comamnder, Col. Billy Don Farris,
was shot and wounded by a sniper while inspecting the wall.

4 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes: “Under cover of night, Baghdad wall is built”

  1. Ginger Yellow says:

    See, just like Indiana in the summer.

  2. Paul in LA says:

    Each one of those concrete wall segments is IMPORTED FROM THE U.S. by Halliburton for a cool $1,000.
    When these blast walls were bid by IRAQIs, they said they could produce them for $25 each.
    What’s the point of giving jobs to Iraqi’s, when it means Halliburton losing $800 in profit per segment?
    There have to be THOUSANDS of segments already installed around the Green Zone and now the neighborhoods. That’s REAL money.
    Abu Dhabi Halliburton would like to thank your readers for the scratch.

  3. kelley b. says:

    …an island of Sunni families in Baghdad’s predominantly Shiite east side.
    I believe the word (and the world) is a ghetto.

  4. pansypoo says:

    they can build walls, but actual war and shit has to be done during daylight.

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