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An American Embassy with All the Amenities

Iraq

An American Embassy with All the Amenities

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Construction continues on the new U.S embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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Construction continues on the new U.S embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The new U.S. embassy in Baghdad is shaping up to be the largest and most lavish embassy in the world. Tucked inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, the $600-million compound will include grocery stores, a movie theater, tennis courts and a club for social gatherings.

In "The Mega Bunker of Baghdad," Vanity Fair reporter William Langewiesche describes the compound — and argues that it's not being built for diplomacy.