Sep 9 2013
By Ali Latif
Azzaman, September 9, 2013
The authorities are constructing a ditch around the violent city of Falluja in latest bid to guard it against bomb attacks.
The city, which once was the main bastion of al-Qaeda, has recently seen a surge in violence and car bombings.
It is the latest Iraqi city to build a moat to protect itself against infiltration of car bombs and terror attacks.
The first Iraqi city to construct a moat was Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish region. Several other cities have moats to be useful in fighting off terror.
The moats are six meters wide with a similar depth and surround by earth embankments, making impossible for vehicles to cross.
Traffic to the cities with moats is restricted to highways linking them with the outside world. The highways are manned with checkpoints and bomb detection gear.
Al-Qaeda has reinforced its presence in central Iraq with its forces waging fierce battles with Iraqi troops in the desert west of Baghdad.
The past few months have seen a substantial hike in violence. Nearly 1000 Iraqis were killed in each of July and August.
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