The Iraqi Ministry of Construction and Housing on Friday (August 10th) inaugurated a strategic road that links Baghdad to southern Iraqi cities.
The ministry said in a statement that the 430 kilometre road links Baghdad to Babil, then Karbala, Najaf, al-Emarah and Basra. It was described as the biggest highway project in the country.
The project cost 26 billion Iraqi dinars ($22.3 million) and was completed in two years, it said.
"The project, executed by local Iraqi companies, will help revitalise trade and economic links between central and southern Iraq," the statement said.
The two-way road is furnished with all the proper safety equipment, traffic signs, road reflectors and protective fences, it said.