HUFFINGTON POST

US Suspends All Civilian Travel Outside Green Zone

Mar 28, 2008 | Updated May 25, 2011

The United States on Tuesday suspended all land travel by U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting public outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the U.S. Embassy's security provider Blackwater USA.

The move came even as the Iraqi government appeared to back down from statements Monday that it had permanently revoked Blackwater's license and would order its 1,000 personnel to leave the country -- depriving American diplomats of security protection essential to operating in Baghdad.