Business as 'Normal' in Baghdad's Markets U.S. troops are working to secure Baghdad's markets, which have been frequent targets of deadly insurgent attacks. One truck bombing in February killed at least 135 people. But even against this backdrop of destruction, the city's markets are struggling to come back.
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Business as 'Normal' in Baghdad's Markets

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Business as 'Normal' in Baghdad's Markets

Business as 'Normal' in Baghdad's Markets

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Until recently, the Doura market was an insurgent stronghold in a Sunni neighborhood. Now the market is coming back, protected by blast walls and U.S. troops. Ken Stern, NPR hide caption

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Until recently, the Doura market was an insurgent stronghold in a Sunni neighborhood. Now the market is coming back, protected by blast walls and U.S. troops.

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A shopkeeper (left) speaks with U.S. Army Maj. General Joseph Fil (right) and a translator at a market in the Rasafa neighborhood. Ken Stern, NPR hide caption

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A shopkeeper (left) speaks with U.S. Army Maj. General Joseph Fil (right) and a translator at a market in the Rasafa neighborhood.

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In early February, a truck bombing at Baghdad's Rasafa market killed at least 135 people. A month later, crews clear the rubble from that blast as U.S. troops patrol the scene. Ken Stern, NPR hide caption

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In early February, a truck bombing at Baghdad's Rasafa market killed at least 135 people. A month later, crews clear the rubble from that blast as U.S. troops patrol the scene.

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You can buy just about anything you might need in Baghdad's markets: clothing, spices, curdled yogurt, knock-off watches, power tools — even kites. Ken Stern, NPR hide caption

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You can buy just about anything you might need in Baghdad's markets: clothing, spices, curdled yogurt, knock-off watches, power tools — even kites.

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