Discussed this before, but the 104 acre embassy is taking shape in downtown Bagdad... guess we will have a presence there for a while... read in other articles that the people of Bagdad are upset as they only have partial electricity and inside the compound it is lit day and nite to facilitate building, as well as the US was given the land for free. I guess the other question is why don't they hire Iraq people, instead in bringing in immigrant labor... a lot of this does not make sense to me. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3876208.html it's hard keeping a 104-acre complex rising on the banks of the Tigris River hidden. Anyone who cares to know can easily see four giant construction cranes towering over the river at the largest such project ever undertaken by the United States Ã¢â¬â a symbol of American presence that will last well into the future. Baghdad may have little potable water and only a few hours of electricity a day, but the embassy complex will have its own water treatment facilities and electricity generator. First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting, a subcontractor of Houston-based Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown and Root, was granted the $592 million construction contract. By December, it had already been paid about $483 million. The construction project is larger than that of any U.S. Embassy built on foreign soil. In 2004, the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations said the U.S. Embassy in China was the largest embassy construction project, but at a 10 acres and five buildings, it isn't even comparable to what's going up here.