A new secure US Embassy opens in Baghdad costing $700 million, on Monday, symbolizing a new era for relationship between the two countries.

The ceremony was attended by Iraqi President Jalai Talabani, Deputy US Secretary of State John Negroponte and US ambassador Ryan Crocker, who said the opening celebrated a new era in Iraq-US relations.

The 104 acre compound, has the size of 80 football fields, it has space for 1,000 employees and the most expensive embassies the US has ever built, and was opened amid heavy security in the Iraqi capital.