Open house in Baghdad's mythical Green Zone

Thousands of wide-eyed Iraqis marvelled at the fountains, flowers and perfect lawns in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday, a day after protesters breached the walls of the fortified area. “This is the first time I’ve been here since I came with my school under Saddam (Hussein),” said 32-year-old Yusef al-Assadi after snapping a “selfie” in front of the monument to the unknown soldier. The visitors were mostly protesters who broke in on Saturday but also included Baghdadis taking the opportunity to see an area that was off-limits for so many years that it acquired almost mythical status in the psyche of ordinary citizens.

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