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I hadn’t realized there are still “exclusion zones” in Baghdad’s Sadr City that are off limits to U.S. military personnel, but Stars & Stripes– which nowadays provides the best coverage of U.S. military operations in Iraq– mentions them in the fourth paragraph of this story. Not even U.S. advisors to Iraqi units can accompany those ...

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I hadn't realized there are still "exclusion zones" in Baghdad's Sadr City that are off limits to U.S. military personnel, but Stars & Stripes-- which nowadays provides the best coverage of U.S. military operations in Iraq-- mentions them in the fourth paragraph of this story. Not even U.S. advisors to Iraqi units can accompany those units into the no-go zones, which constitute two-thirds of Sadr City, notes a follow-up article.

It makes me wonder if other Iraqi factions-or Iraqi commanders who don't want pesky American oversight--will demand similar privileges in the future.

Photo: Wathiq Khuzaie /Getty Images

I hadn’t realized there are still “exclusion zones” in Baghdad’s Sadr City that are off limits to U.S. military personnel, but Stars & Stripes– which nowadays provides the best coverage of U.S. military operations in Iraq– mentions them in the fourth paragraph of this story. Not even U.S. advisors to Iraqi units can accompany those units into the no-go zones, which constitute two-thirds of Sadr City, notes a follow-up article.

It makes me wonder if other Iraqi factions-or Iraqi commanders who don’t want pesky American oversight–will demand similar privileges in the future.

Photo: Wathiq Khuzaie /Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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