Remember those blast walls?

I posted recently about how PM Maliki had ordered the blast walls in Baghdad, the concrete barriers that had come to symbolize the American occupation of Iraq, to be taken down. Well, after “a string of bombings,” Baghdadis are worried that maybe taking down the walls isn’t such a great idea. Take it away, shop keeper Ameer Dushi:

“It’s a gamble on the part of the Iraqi government to do this because the security situation is still fragile,” said shopkeeper Ameer Dushi as officials on Saturday opened al-Rasheed Street, a busy commercial thoroughfare.

“The blast walls are a black mark in Iraq’s history, but removing them is a big risk at this time. It opens the door to terrorist groups who want to undermine Baghdad’s security.”

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