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    U.S. opens new Iraq embassy
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    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States dedicated its new embassy building in Baghdad on Monday, a step meant to symbolize its transition from occupying power to an ally of a sovereign Iraqi government.
    In recent weeks U.S. diplomats have gradually moved into the $592 million newly built compound, the world's largest U.S. embassy, leaving behind a sprawling palace they had inhabited since toppling Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.
    U.S. officials had ruled Iraq directly from the palace for a year after taking Baghdad, and their continued presence there was seen by many Iraqis as a symbol of occupation. The opening of the new embassy is in line with a change of power that was effected on New Year's Day, when U.S. forces in Iraq officially came under an Iraqi mandate.
    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani attended the opening ceremony. In a courtyard between two buildings in the new compound, the Iraqi national anthem was played, then U.S. Marines raised an American flag to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner. "It is from here men and women, civilian and military, will help build the new Iraq," said Negroponte, who was U.S. envoy to Iraq in 2004-05 and is now the number two U.S. diplomat.
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    U.S. forces on New Year's Day handed over responsibility to Iraqi troops for the Green Zone, a fortified compound in the heart of Baghdad off limits to most Iraqis. The new embassy, like the palace that housed it before, is located in the zone. Embassy officials defended the vast scale and cost of a compound that dwarfs the U.S. presence in much larger countries.
    “Embassy Baghdad” will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassy’s 104 acres is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the acreage of Washington’s National Mall. The embassy has 1,200 employees, including diplomats, troops and staff from 14 federal agencies. "Its scale reflects the importance of the U.S.-Iraq bilateral relationship," said U.S. embassy spokeswoman Susan Ziadeh. "It reflects a more normal situation.

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    never leaving

    was the original intent away

    and when the rest of the Arab world is under U.S. rule then the mission will be

    complete
     
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