The U.S. military announced that it has handed over Camp Victory, a sprawling base on the outskirts of Baghdad that used to be the headquarters for the troops, to the Iraqi government, Fox News reported.
“The base is no longer under U.S. control and is under the full authority of the government of Iraq,” Colonel Barry Johnson, spokesman for the U.S. military, told The Associated Press.
According to the news outlet, this was where U.S. generals plotted the course of the military action, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens. The base was home to 46,000 people, but the transition over to the Iraqi government showed the urgency with which the withdrawal of forces is occurring.
The AP reported that the Iraqi government has not yet announced plans for the complex, which was prime real estate, especially for a country lacking in public spaces and parks. There has been talk of the new leadership turning Saddam Hussein’s jail cell into a museum.