March 21 2018 06:11 PM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 80 percent of closed roads in the capital, Karkh and Rusafa, have been opened and concrete barriers have been lifted, Baghdad Provincial Council member Saad al-Muttalibi said on Wednesday.
"There are still about 20 percent of closed roads, although the council has called for Baghdad's operations to reopen all of them and to remove the concrete barriers except for the Green Zone," he told Baghdad Post.
The Green Zone is one of the most protected areas in the country, including government offices, parliament and most foreign embassies.
"With regard to traffic jams, it is because of the huge number of vehicles and checkpoints, and 150 security checkpoints have been lifted from Baghdad to alleviate these bottlenecks."
The capital is witnessing an improvement in the security file, especially after the elimination of the Dahesh organization.
The security leaders resorted to the closure of several main streets in a plan to control the security file, which witnessed a significant deterioration in the coming years.
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