New Security Allows Fence Removal
Despite the passage of time very little was wrong with the sharp wire barrier of concertina wire that surrounded Camp Slayer at Victory Base in Baghdad. But with the increase in safety and security, this particular area of barbed wire merely was serving to divide two different important groups of people.
In the small community of Radwaniyah to the west of Baghdad, this stretch of barbed wire at Camp Slayer no longer was needed to make sure that security was maintained, and the safety of the overall security of the village has improves so much that it simply was no longer needed.
This was a stretch of wire that separated one farmer from his fields but was at one time a very important part of overall base security when it was installed – 5 years ago.
To reach his fields the farmer had to for the last five years walk hundreds of meters around to get to them. But finally the coalition realized when the farmer requested that they take down the wire, that this particular area could be removed without any security risk. So, this last week soldiers worked to remove the fence.
“I went to the Captain and asked if we could take down the fence,” said the farmer, whose name is Ali and who speaks pretty good English. “I have wanted to take the fence down for some time but I was afraid if I took the fence down I might be shot,” said Ali with a grin.