Wednesday, May 09, 2007

US Embassy Orders Body Armor Outside "Hardened Structures" For Staff

By Cernig

After all these years and all those PlanA's, Iraq has now become so safe that US embassy staff are being ordered to wear body armor outside "hardened structures".
The order, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, was issued last week after four Asian contract workers were killed during a barrage into the Green Zone, a 3.5-square mile area along the west bank of the Tigris River in the center of Baghdad. The area contains the U.S. and British embassies and many key Iraqi government offices.

U.S. government employees who work outside of a ``hardened structure'' such as the current embassy building or travel ``a substantial distance outdoors'' must wear ``personal protective equipment,'' meaning flak jackets and helmets, the order said.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed the order was in effect until further notice. But he refused to say more, citing security, and would not allow his name to be published, citing embassy regulations.
When Cheney and Maliki admit that there are still "violence issues" in Iraq, they aren't admitting the half of it. And Petreaus is saying that conditions in Iraq may get harder before they get easier and will require "an enormous commitment" over time!

Some "game", eh Dick?

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