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A street sweeper works in front of a blast wall on Dec. 9, 2011 in Baghdad. While violence has dropped dramatically in the city since the peak of the conflict in 2006-2007, around 60,000 blast wall sections remain in place.
A blast wall is seen painted with an image of the famed spiral minaret of Samarra.
I’ve often thought that the blast walls around the Baghdad “Green Zone” are reminiscent of the Berlin Wall that was used to divide Berlin during the Cold War. Sections of that wall became collectors’ items once the Communist Bloc crumbled. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this new wall once U.S. troops leave Iraq.