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Dousing the Flames of War

On the day U.S. troops entered Baghdad three years ago, Laith Abbas, a neighborhood fire chief, pulled up a chair outside his station house in the center of the city and sat down. The streets were deserted. No one knew what the Americans would do, and a cloud of fear hung over the city. But Abbas figured that whatever happened, firefighters would be needed. So he waited. That afternoon, U.S. tanks rumbled up the street and jerked to a stop. Dirty, battle-clad soldiers scanned the area from their hatches. A U.S. commander, surrounded by heavily armed Marines, walked toward him. Full Story

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