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A Honeymoon in Baghdad's 'Green Zone'

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A Honeymoon in Baghdad's 'Green Zone'

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A Honeymoon in Baghdad's 'Green Zone'

A Honeymoon in Baghdad's 'Green Zone'

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Ava Nadir and her husband Hiwa Osman flank Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. They both work as aide's in the president's office. Courtesy Hiwa Osman and Ava Nadir hide caption

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Ava Nadir and her husband Hiwa Osman flank Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. They both work as aide's in the president's office.

Courtesy Hiwa Osman and Ava Nadir

The day after Hiwa Osman's wedding, an armed guard took him to his job as an Iraqi presidential aide. Days later, wife Ava Nadir joined him.

Until last summer, Osman and Nadir both lived in the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan in the north of the country. They were dating and working for an international nonprofit organization.

But when Osman was offered a job with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the couple held a quick, untraditional wedding and moved to Baghdad. Nadir soon got a job in the president's office too.

Together they brave bombs... and the perils of married life inside Baghdad's Green Zone.

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