Archive: Baghdad

In Baghdad, a Trip to Nowhere

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) VIEW FULL PHOTO GALLERY At 5:30 a.m., everything is dark at the Baghdad Central Station. There are no passengers about, and most of the gates are...

By Liz Heron | December 29, 2008; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

In Baghdad, a Pause for Beauty

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) VIEW FULL PHOTO GALLERY Young boys chase each other through an arch of balloons and crowd onto the stage with cellphones and small cameras. The humid...

By washingtonpost.com | December 14, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Winter Bus Trip, Interrupted

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) It isn't always sunny and hot in Baghdad. Summer ends. Seasons change. The sky darkens earlier. December arrives, and so does an afternoon storm. Rain turns...

By Liz Heron | December 8, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Partying the Night Away in Baghdad

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo--> (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) The music starts with an amplified violin. A slow, searing fiddle playing traditional Middle Eastern chords. Thin young men in slick-tight suits and butterfly collars lean...

By Liz Heron | November 17, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

A Grim Ritual at the Baghdad Morgue

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) VIEW FULL PHOTO GALLERY As the visiting families enter the guarded room, a technician sprays a flowery fragrance over them, attempting to mask the faint smell...

By Liz Heron | October 26, 2008; 08:14 PM ET | Comments (7)

A Joyful Welcome Home for Detainees

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) VIEW FULL PHOTO GALLERY Flipping back a canvas tarp, 12 men squint at the dusty sun and jump, one by one, off the bed of a...

By Liz Heron | October 5, 2008; 11:33 PM ET | Comments (14)

Watching the Big Game, Far From Home

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) Lit only by the moon, its windows blacked out, a small U.S. military outpost in southern Baghdad looks abandoned. Hulking armored vehicles, still hot from a...

By washingtonpost.com | September 28, 2008; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Baghdad Trailer Park for Widows and Children

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge PhotoVIEW GALLERY (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) Their traditional black abayas dragging at their feet, the widows seem to drift on clouds of dust between rows of trailers standing straight and metallic...

By washingtonpost.com | September 15, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Devotees of the Sad, Beautiful Voice of Umm Kulthum

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) View Full Photo Gallery The cafe's dust-streaked sign is lost amid the chaos of old Baghdad. But a painted silhouette of a woman hangs above the...

By Liz Heron | August 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bound for Baghdad

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) Lifting their arms in roller-coaster fashion, the soldiers whoop and then sing "Leaving on a Jet Plane" as their C-17 military plane takes off from Kuwait,...

By Tiffany Harness | August 4, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Baghdad Commuter

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) "> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo Peering through a break in the barrier wall, Qasim Ali waits for his ride on al-Mawal Street near Baghdad's Sadr...

By Liz Heron | July 28, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Iraqi Army Aid Mission in Baghdad

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge PhotoVIEW GALLERY (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) As the armored truck rounds the street corner, nurse Lamyia Hussein Mohammed paces the crayon-scribbled hallways of a Sadr City elementary school with an army-issued...

By Liz Heron | July 13, 2008; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Shadowy Existence in a Baghdad Women's Home

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) Doris Yunan sits in the empty dining room where the sun can find her. With help from the wind, shapes and shadows tease her from the...

By Liz Heron | June 30, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suad's Morning

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) View Full Photo Gallery Like most houses in Baghdad, the dust-crusted building is in a perpetual state of rehab. Metal supports on the rooftop suggest a...

By Liz Heron | June 16, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Last Stop Before Leaving Iraq

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) The looped and dotted script of Abdul Ghani's signature is etched in rubber and slicked with ink. His signature is the final stamp of approval for...

By Liz Heron | June 2, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Exam Day at a Baghdad Girls' School

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) Slouched over her exam, Amna Ra'ad chews on her pencil eraser and looks out at a walled courtyard. In her classroom, teachers patrol rows of girls...

By Liz Heron | May 19, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Best of Buddies, Amid Dust and Danger

Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post"> Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post">Enlarge Photo (Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post) The dust smells like chalk. Heavy and still, the air is orange-tinted. Breathable until it hits your chest, causing a stuttering cough. In the Karrada neighborhood...

By Bob Greiner | May 4, 2008; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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