Iraq: Battle yields Green Zone access cards, IDs

Documents captured in recent fighting in Baghdad included two identity cards for access to the fortified Green Zone, which contains Iraqi government headquarters, and an ID card for access to the US Embassy, the Defense Department says. The area where the documents were captured, just west of the Green Zone, has been a stronghold of Sunni extremists linked to al-Qaida, said Army Col. Steven Townsend, commander of the 3rd Stryker Brigade, which led the operation. Townsend, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Monday in a videoteleconference from Baghdad, did not mention the discovery of the identity cards. That information was provided separately by Pentagon officials after he spoke.