World: Baghdad: Idle Time and Air Raids

The conflict brings intermittent tension, but little hardship

A city dominated by drab architecture and numerous construction projects, Baghdad these days bears no resemblance to the legendary home of Harun al Rashid and A Thousand and One Nights. Although the battlefronts along the Shaft al Arab are more than 300 miles away, Iranian aircraft have brought the war to the Iraqi capital with repeated bombing raids against military and industrial targets. TIME Middle East Bureau Chief William Stewart and Correspondent Adam Zagorin report on the mood of the city:

The prevailing joke in Baghdad is that the city must be the only...

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