Iraq to remove checkpoints across Baghdad

BAGHDAD  — The Baghdad military spokesman says security officials are investigating the possibility of removing some of the hundreds of checkpoints across the city, in a sign of the improving security situation.
Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Tuesday that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked commanders to evaluate the security situation in Baghdad and decide whether some of the checkpoints can be removed.
The checkpoints are manned by Iraqi troops and designed to catch insurgents, but they also slow down traffic in the already congested city, and many residents complain that they are not effective.
Al-Moussawi said there are around 870 checkpoints in Baghdad.