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Baghdad residents persevere as Islamic State advances
Baghdad residents persevere as Islamic State advances

The looming advance of Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad and the persistent drumbeat of suicide car bombings here have imparted a sense of menace and foreboding in the Iraqi capital. But the daily pulse of city life continues unabated along Baghdad's congested streets. Traffic hums and snarls, street vendors hawk fresh fruits and supermarkets are filled with shoppers. Schools are open, and commuters honk and fume as they try to get to work. Iraqis acknowledge they feel uncertain and afraid, but that's nothing new in the 11 years since U.S.-led forces toppled the brutally efficient regime of Saddam Hussein. Islamic State's military advance is merely the latest of...

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