Checkpoint Baghdad

As the Looters Run Out of Loot, Layers of Disaster Remain

Outside, the Godfather box set is empty, and so is the album sleeve for Bob Marley's Uprising.

Villagers in Shoala, a Shiite community northwest of Baghdad, take fuel from government stores located by residents.
photo: Kael Alford
Villagers in Shoala, a Shiite community northwest of Baghdad, take fuel from government stores located by residents.

"When they all said that Baghdad fell, I was crushed from the inside," says Imad Alouse. "Fine, Saddam goes. The regime goes. But to say that the city fell? There are still people here in this city."

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