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Iraq War (2003-2011)
Baghdad's new mall is a haven, and a symbol of an improving economy
Baghdad's new mall is a haven, and a symbol of an improving economy

Even though much of the capital is out of town for a Shiite religious holiday in the city of Karbala, the gleaming food court at Mansour Mall is packed. Indoor shopping malls are a staple in neighboring Persian Gulf countries but still rare in war-ravaged Iraq. Customers must file past metal detectors and armed guards in camouflage, and get pat-down checks in separate male and female rooms before reaching off-brand fast food purveyors such as Subz, Pizzarro and Krunchy Fried Chicken. "This is really our only outlet, our only entertainment," said Asmaa Janaabi, 53, as she polished off a Turkish coffee while her 15-year-old daughter and a friend enjoyed another Turkish...

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