Mohammed Hussein Khatif, 21, left, and Omar Abbas, 26, work at the Mecca Mall, a new three-story department store that opened in late February. "We could have never opened a year ago because of the security situation," said Ahmed Abdul-Razzaq Abbas, 24, whose family owns the brightly colored store. "It was still risky to open now, but I did. I have to work." Abbas said he and his friends occasionally play dominoes and drink tea in a coffee shop after work, but they don’t stay out too late because they are worried about security in the city. "It's better that the Americans left. I hate them," Abbas said. "But it's still the same. When they were here, there were explosions. They are gone, and there are still explosions."
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