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Rivers of Babylon

Iraqis are indignant about the wall being built around Baghdad's Adhamiya area, site of the Sunni insurgency. But the US is right to proceed; it will save Sunni and Shia lives

By Nibras Kazimi   June 2007

A wall grows in Baghdad

The demonstration by supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr against the “Adhamiya wall”—the security cordon being built around a Sunni neighbourhood of Baghdad—was not as odd as it looked. Those killing the Sunnis of Adhamiya are almost certainly Sadrist death squads; no wonder they don’t like the wall.

The idea of building a concrete barrier to rein in Sunni terrorists and to keep out Shia death squads was, well, my own. I first suggested it on my blog Talisman Gate last December, when the Iraq Study Group was considering a new strategy for securing Baghdad. The inspiration…

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