01 January 2009

Iraq Takes Control of Green Zone

Jan. 1: U.S., right, and Iraqi soldiers, left, shake hands after the ceremony in which Iraqi forces took control of the Joint Security Station in Ghazaliyah, in Baghdad, Iraq. AP Photo.

BAGHDAD — The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities Thursday in a pair of ceremonies that also handed back Saddam Hussein's former palace. Iraq's prime minister said he will propose making Jan. 1 a holiday marking the restoration of sovereignty. ...

"A year ago, the mere thought of forces withdrawing from Iraq was considered a dream," al-Maliki told reporters afterward. "The dream that no one had the right to think about became true." ...

"Iraq is taking another step toward the future, signaling to its citizens and the international community that it is indeed a new day for sovereign Iraq," U.S. Army Col. Steven Ferrari said at a separate ceremony handing over control of the Green Zone.

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