Baghdad Today: Progress, Inch by Inch

Lying on a beaten-up hospital bed with two bullets in his right leg, Amar Ali Najim has plenty to complain about. A few hours earlier, the Baghdad policeman had responded to reports that a gang of thieves was menacing a market. Arriving on the scene, Najim and his colleagues walked straight into a trap, presumably set by the gunmen who shot him and two other cops. But even in his current state, immobile and connected to an intravenous drip, Najim, 37, is upbeat. Things in Iraq are getting better, he says: "The violence has dropped by half. We still have gangs,...

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