Baghdad

Embassy of United States of America

Source: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0415-07.htm

Site: http://iraq.usembassy.gov/

Address: APO AE 09316, Baghdad, Iraq

The new U.S.A embassy will be located on a small island in Baghdad known locally for long time as the Pigs Island (Jazeerat Al-Khanazeer). The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City , with the population of a small town, its own defense force, self-contained power and water, and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq 's turbulent future. The embassy complex will have 21 buildings on 104 acres. The 5,500 Americans and Iraqis working at the embassy, almost half listed as security, are far more numerous than at any other U.S. mission worldwide. "Embassy Baghdad " will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassy's 104 acres is six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York , and two-thirds the acreage of Washington 's National Mall. The embassy has been under construction since mid-2005 with a target completion date of June 2007. Original cost estimates ranged over $1 billion, but Congress appropriated only $592 million in the emergency Iraq budget adopted in 2005.

The designs aren't publicly available, but the Senate report makes clear it will be a self-sufficient and "hardened" domain, to function in the midst of Baghdad power outages, water shortages and continuing turmoil. It will have its own water wells, electricity plant and wastewater-treatment facility, systems to allow 100 percent independence from city utilities. Besides two major diplomatic office buildings, homes for the ambassador and his deputy, and the apartment buildings for staff, the compound will offer a swimming pool, gym, commissary, food court and American Club, all housed in a recreation building.

Security, overseen by U.S. Marines, will be extraordinary: setbacks and perimeter no-go areas that will be especially deep, structures reinforced to 2.5-times the standard, and five high-security entrances, plus an emergency entrance-exit.

 

Graphic Images

Under construction – Taken on March 21, 2006

Seen in the back on the right, as well as on the left seen Babylon Hotel

The embassy compound in Baghdad will have more than 600 blast-resistant apartments but could use a few more.

River side look into the compound

Computer generated Pool House

Embassy Map

Satellite Images