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