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Iraq militants' advance casts shadow over Baghdad neighborhood
Iraq militants' advance casts shadow over Baghdad neighborhood

From his barbershop, Dhai Rahmeh recalled the dark days of 2006-07, when sectarian death squads stalked the streets, forcing thousands to flee his neighborhood, Ghazaliya. The once-sleepy residential district was soon transformed into one of the Iraqi capital's most notorious kill zones, a mostly no-go area even for U.S. troops, who entered with armored vehicles from heavily fortified bases. "There were bodies dumped every day in the streets, people were afraid to leave their homes," said Rahmeh, 27, smoking a cigarette as he sat in one of the barber chairs in his cramped salon. "Car bombs. Assassinations. Kidnappings. It was unlivable." The onslaught caused the long-mixed district in...

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