The Washington Post wrote:
"On January 1, we are going to control this," Adnan Karim, 22, an Iraqi soldier manning a checkpoint at one of the entrances to the Green Zone, said, beaming. "The U.S. will be here just as observers. It's a matter of pride."In honor of these developments, Al-Maliki says he will propose January 1 as a national holiday to commemorate "Sovereignty Day."
- 'Sovereignty Day': Iraq Reclaims Green Zone, Airspace, from Wired's Danger Room blog
- As Clock Strikes 12, U.S. Hands Iraq Control of Green Zone, the Washington Post
- Iraq takes control of Green Zone from US, the Associated Press