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Baghdad plans to redevelop Sadr City

Iraq is to launch an $800m programme to redevelop the Sadr City district of Baghdad in 2010. This is part of a $10bn plan to rebuild the area, which became notorious as a base for Shiite militias in the city.

Baghdad’s mayor Sabir al-Isawi, says the national council of ministers has approved the project as part of the 2010 national budget. The plan, dubbed 10x10, will result in $10bn being allocated to the reconstruction of the area over the next 10 years.

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