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Jul 4, 2005
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They've shut down the Baghdad airport and apparently American troops on on their way to open it up again! Wonder what the Iraqi government has been doing with the billions of American dollars if not paying their bills? What a mess. Link below; my emphasis.

"The Baghdad International Airport, Iraq's only reliable link to the outside world, was closed Friday in an embarrassing pay dispute between the government and a British security company...

"'The brewing standoff could involve American forces in a confrontation with Iraqi troops. An official close to the dispute said the U.S. military had joined security forces from the British company at a checkpoint to block Iraqi Interior Ministry troops. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of negotiations.

The U.S. military said it could not confirm that U.S. troops had taken up positions at the checkpoint on the dangerous airport road.
The airport is located about 10 miles west of Baghdad, linked to the city by a four-lane highway that is notorious for insurgent attacks and described by the State Department as one of the most dangerous roads in the world."


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