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January 09, 2009

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Marines Raise US Flag At New Embassy In Baghdad, Iraq!

U.S. Marines raise the American flag during the dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte and almost 1,000 invited guests looked on as the embassy's Marine security detachment raised the red, white and blue over the largest U.S. Embassy in the world, with the Army's 4th Infantry Division Band playing the U.S. national anthem.

The compound, set on 104 acres along the banks of the Tigris River in central Baghdad, includes 27 modern office, housing and support buildings in tones that blend with the desert landscape. Officials said the scale of the new complex reflects the importance of the U.S.-Iraqi bilateral relationship.

More than 1,200 U.S. diplomats, servicemembers and government officials and staff from 14 federal agencies will work and live on the compound, embassy officials said. Their tasks and missions run the gamut: supporting local elections, helping to fight corruption, helping develop Iraq's energy and transportation sectors, strengthening the rule of law, providing security training and promoting educational and cultural exchange. In addition, 240 servicemembers assigned to Multinational Force Iraq are based at the embassy.

Talabani called the new building a sign of how far the U.S.-Iraqi relationship has come.

"This building is not only a compound for the embassy, but a symbol of the deep friendship between the two peoples of Iraq and America," he said.

Source:Armed Forces Press Service
How many of us ever thought we would see this day? Well I admit I did, but that was because I believed in the mission and the Surge, and what we could and would accomplish. And BOY did it pay off! God Bless The Troops and the Iraqi People!

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Blogger Indigo Red said...

At 104 acres, maybe the remaining deadenders won't notice the Stars and Stripes from the street.

This is a grand achievement, but I'm concerned that we are doing the same thing that got us in trouble in Iran. Our people were housed in completetly sealed off compounds away from the natives enjoying amenities and a lifestyle completely beyond the reach of those natives who could only experience the good life as maids, servants, and laborers.

I hope the incoming Obama Pasha can do this thing right.

January 09, 2009 7:45 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

amen sista!!!

January 11, 2009 7:48 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I hope so too!



January 12, 2009 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Ron Russell said...

I love seeing the American Flag going up anywhere in the world--some hate it. American influence has been spread during the Bush years contrary to what those on the left would have you believe. The One my try and change that. He is both weak, without character and I believe cowardly. Flaws in a man, a tradegy in a president.

January 21, 2009 4:39 PM  

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