And speaking of Stripes ... they've got a feature today on life in Sadr City from the service members' perspective:
Life in Sadr City, one of Baghdad’s poorest neighborhoods, can’t be easy. Unpleasant smells drift from piles of refuse strewn along the streets. During the day, idle children stare at U.S. soldiers guarding police compounds. Women clad in black from head to toe — dressed more conservatively than many of their counterparts in much of Iraq’s most cosmopolitan city — stride by with wary glances after visiting the market.
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