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Sunday, July 15, 2007

The new dress code that isn't. Shhhhh. It's a security breach.

The military have issued orders to everyone in the Green Zone to wear flack jackets and helmets at all times, but when McClatchy News gets wind of it, the government first denies the order exists and then insists that to talk about it is a security breach. Read and weep:

BAGHDAD — The dress code at the Blue Star restaurant inside Baghdad's Green Zone now calls for vest and hat.

Flak vest and Kevlar helmet, to be precise. And it's a good thing.

At least four mortar rounds hit inside the Green Zone about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, killing two Iraqi civilians, according to a U.S. soldier who could not speak for attribution because he's not authorized to talk to reporters.

Meanwhile, a State Department official, after initially denying that State had ordered its 1,000 Baghdad personnel to wear protective gear, said that a copy of the order obtained by McClatchy Newspapers was an undiscussable security breach.

Of course, the only reason this is classified information is that it's embarrassing for the government to admit that things are this bad in the Green Zone when the government is also telling us how remarkably successful the surge has been.


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