American troops are gone, and normal, everyday life is returning to the country — especially its capital. Baghdad’s streets are filled with people eating, shopping and having some fun.
Iraqis pass a popcorn booth where Sabri Naji, 49, sells the snack in the Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad. He said he is thankful for the December 2011 departure of U.S. troops from his country. "Now, after the withdrawal, it's a little bit safer than before," he said. When the Americans were around, added Naji, who has sold popcorn on the streets for 25 years, there was a constant fear of explosions and shootings. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo