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Green Zone empties out under Iraqi control

Dan Norse The Washington Post  February 19, 2012

BAGHDAD — Green Zone. International Zone. The Bubble. To the foreigners still living there, the Iraqi capital’s fortified center has a new name: Ghost Town.

The Iraqi government has taken full control of the former heart of the American occupation. It decides who gets past the 17-foot-tall concrete blast walls encircling the zone

On the inside, Iraqi police and military forces have raided the offices of private security companies, prompting the firms and commercial companies that rely on them to relocate.

“They have hit a point where it’s virtually impossible to stay,” said Doug Brooks, president of the International Stability Operations Association, a trade group that represents foreign firms and nonprofit organizations in Iraq.

The result: The International Zone has become the Iraqi Zone, and an increasingly isolated one at that

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February 19, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rocket Strike in Green Zone July 4

BBC News July 5, 2011

In the heart of the capital, a rocket strike on the edge of the Green Zone on Monday night killed three women and two children when it landed on the grounds of the al-Rasheed hotel, Baghdad security spokesman Maj Gen Qassim Atta said.

Ten people were wounded and 25 caravans – occupied by workers at the hotel – were set ablaze. Two men have been arrested, Gen Atta said.

The AP news agency said the rocket attack came as American officials were holding Fourth of July celebrations at the US embassy nearby.

July 5, 2011 Posted by | Iraq, Safety and Security Issues | , | Leave a comment

Baghdad Bombers Hit Green Zone Checkpoint

The New York Times April 18, 2011

BAGHDAD — A spate of violence spread across Baghdad on Monday, including a series of explosions at a checkpoint to the heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least six people and wounding at least 30, including a former high-ranking official.

The attacks, which ended nearly three months of relative calm in Baghdad, demonstrated that as the United States prepares to withdraw its troops by the end of the year the security situation in Baghdad remains tenuous and the Green Zone remains a target of insurgents.

At 8 a.m., an explosive device was detonated near Baghdad University, injuring two people, government officials said. Sounds of gunfire broke out throughout the city and a few minutes later a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the Green Zone checkpoint.

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues | , , | Leave a comment

Contractor Injured in Green Zone Rocket Attack aimed at Security Contractor

FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 23

BAGHDAD – Three rockets targeting a security company were fired at Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone government and diplomatic enclave, wounding one foreign contractor, an Iraqi army source said. Police said two rockets were fired without giving any further details.

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Iraq, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Security Contractors killed in Green Zone Rocket Attack

Rocket attack on Baghdad Green Zone kills three

The dead and wounded are all employees of the US contractor Triple Canopy.

Two Ugandans and a Peruvian died, and two Americans were among the those wounded when the rocket struck on Thursday.

Triple Canopy, based in Herndon, Virginia, guards security checkpoints for US military facilities in Iraq.

The firm was founded by US special forces veterans.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A rocket attack on Baghdad’s international Green Zone on Thursday killed two Ugandans and a Peruvian working for a security contractor hired to protect U.S. facilities in Iraq, the U.S. embassy said.

Fifteen other people, two of them American, were wounded, all employees of the security contractor, the embassy said in a statement.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British and American contractors killed in Iraq

British and American Contractors killed in Green Zone Shooting
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BAGHDAD – A British company says a British and an Australian contractor have been killed in a shooting in the protected Green Zone in Baghdad.

Patrick Toyne-Sewell, a spokesman for ArmorGroup Iraq, says that two employees of the group were killed early Sunday “in a firearms incident.”

He says the company is working with Iraqi authorities to investigate the circumstances of their deaths.

He has identified the men as Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare and said relatives have been informed.

It’s the second incident in as many months involving contractor killings in the Green Zone.

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces detained five Americans on June 3 in connection with an investigation into the stabbing death of a fellow contractor.

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment