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Baghdad back to normal?

<p>Residents cool themselves in the water from a giant fountain in Jadriya Lake park in Baghdad August 23, 2008.  REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

Residents cool themselves in the water from a giant fountain in Jadriya Lake park in Baghdad August 23, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

Residents cool themselves in the water from a giant fountain in Jadriya Lake park in Baghdad August 23, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>People dance at a nightclub in Baghdad July 9, 2009. As the worst of the violence unleashed in 2003 has faded, a buzzing nightlife has returned to the Iraqi capital. Some 17 nightclubs have opened in Baghdad, most featuring provocative dancers, suggestive music and ample booze.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani </p>

People dance at a nightclub in Baghdad July 9, 2009. As the worst of the violence unleashed in 2003 has faded, a buzzing nightlife has returned to the Iraqi capital. Some 17 nightclubs have opened in Baghdad, most featuring provocative dancers,...more

People dance at a nightclub in Baghdad July 9, 2009. As the worst of the violence unleashed in 2003 has faded, a buzzing nightlife has returned to the Iraqi capital. Some 17 nightclubs have opened in Baghdad, most featuring provocative dancers, suggestive music and ample booze. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district July 10, 2008.      REUTERS/Omar Obeidi</p>

A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district July 10, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Obeidi

A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district July 10, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Obeidi

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<p>Girls play near a checkpoint of a U.S.-backed Neighborhood Patrol in Baghdad's Sadr City June 22, 2008.  REUTERS/Erik de Castro  </p>

Girls play near a checkpoint of a U.S.-backed Neighborhood Patrol in Baghdad's Sadr City June 22, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Girls play near a checkpoint of a U.S.-backed Neighborhood Patrol in Baghdad's Sadr City June 22, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A member of a local Taekwondo team demonstrates his skills during the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by the U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district November 6, 2008.  REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz </p>

A member of a local Taekwondo team demonstrates his skills during the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by the U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

A member of a local Taekwondo team demonstrates his skills during the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by the U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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<p>Students attend English class at Mutamayezaat High School for girls in Baghdad February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani </p>

Students attend English class at Mutamayezaat High School for girls in Baghdad February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Students attend English class at Mutamayezaat High School for girls in Baghdad February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>School children on a bus wave at a U.S. patrol on a street in Baghdad October 22, 2008.    REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

School children on a bus wave at a U.S. patrol on a street in Baghdad October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

School children on a bus wave at a U.S. patrol on a street in Baghdad October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>Iraqis row in boats in an open-air swimming pool in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009.  REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen</p>

Iraqis row in boats in an open-air swimming pool in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009. REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen

Iraqis row in boats in an open-air swimming pool in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009. REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen

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<p>An Iraqi woman looks out at U.S. soldiers from the First Infantry Division, First Brigade Combat Team visiting Baghdad's Dora market August 27, 2008.  REUTERS/Andrea Comas </p>

An Iraqi woman looks out at U.S. soldiers from the First Infantry Division, First Brigade Combat Team visiting Baghdad's Dora market August 27, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

An Iraqi woman looks out at U.S. soldiers from the First Infantry Division, First Brigade Combat Team visiting Baghdad's Dora market August 27, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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<p>A Mandaean priest baptizes a worshipper in the Tigris river on the second day of the Benja festival in Baghdad March 18, 2009. Benja is a five-day religious holidays celebrated by the Mandaean people.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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A Mandaean priest baptizes a worshipper in the Tigris river on the second day of the Benja festival in Baghdad March 18, 2009. Benja is a five-day religious holidays celebrated by the Mandaean people. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

A Mandaean priest baptizes a worshipper in the Tigris river on the second day of the Benja festival in Baghdad March 18, 2009. Benja is a five-day religious holidays celebrated by the Mandaean people. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>Saif, a 12-year-old who has left school, works at a garage in Baghdad July 19, 2009. Saif earns about $20 a week and is a breadwinner of his family.    REUTERS/Saad Shalash </p>

Saif, a 12-year-old who has left school, works at a garage in Baghdad July 19, 2009. Saif earns about $20 a week and is a breadwinner of his family. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

Saif, a 12-year-old who has left school, works at a garage in Baghdad July 19, 2009. Saif earns about $20 a week and is a breadwinner of his family. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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<p>Iraqi actors Zuhoor (L) and Majid Yaseen (R) perform on stage at the National Theater in Baghdad, November 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Saad Shalash </p>

Iraqi actors Zuhoor (L) and Majid Yaseen (R) perform on stage at the National Theater in Baghdad, November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

Iraqi actors Zuhoor (L) and Majid Yaseen (R) perform on stage at the National Theater in Baghdad, November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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<p>Children play in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009.  REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen</p>

Children play in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009. REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen

Children play in a park on Abu Nawas Street, during the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Baghdad November 28, 2009. REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen

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<p>Residents prepare food for pilgrims attending the religious ceremony of Ashura at the Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad January 7, 2009.   REUTERS/Atef Hassan </p>

Residents prepare food for pilgrims attending the religious ceremony of Ashura at the Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

Residents prepare food for pilgrims attending the religious ceremony of Ashura at the Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad January 7, 2009. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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<p>Iraqi policemen stand near a crane lifting anti-blast walls during a sandstorm in Baghdad's Amil district June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Bassim Shati </p>

Iraqi policemen stand near a crane lifting anti-blast walls during a sandstorm in Baghdad's Amil district June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Bassim Shati

Iraqi policemen stand near a crane lifting anti-blast walls during a sandstorm in Baghdad's Amil district June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Bassim Shati

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<p>An Iraqi soldier takes pictures of a damaged school building, after a bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

An Iraqi soldier takes pictures of a damaged school building, after a bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

An Iraqi soldier takes pictures of a damaged school building, after a bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Pilgrims pray as they gather at Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in preparation for the anniversary of his death in Baghdad July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud</p>

Pilgrims pray as they gather at Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in preparation for the anniversary of his death in Baghdad July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

Pilgrims pray as they gather at Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in preparation for the anniversary of his death in Baghdad July 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

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<p>A boy jumps into the Tigris river for a swim in Baghdad's Adhamiya District, northern Baghdad July 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A boy jumps into the Tigris river for a swim in Baghdad's Adhamiya District, northern Baghdad July 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy jumps into the Tigris river for a swim in Baghdad's Adhamiya District, northern Baghdad July 1, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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