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“It’s been papered over,” Joost R. Hiltermann, of the International Crisis Group, said of the sectarian divides. “There has been no reconciliation whatsoever.”
"After more than eight years of security efforts, employees of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad say they still find it too dangerous to work in the country outside the campus-like Green Zone, a fortified area hidden behind a series of towering walls."
"Just as U.S. troops were pulling out this month, the embassy issued a series of chilling warnings about the threat of kidnapping. Under tightened security procedures, even walking across the secured Green Zone grounds requires an armed escort."