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Conditions in Irbil: Safe Yet Tense

  • Hediye Levent
Voice of America correspondent Hediye Levent studied the changing conditions Irbil, Iraq.
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Small stores, street vendors and teahouses dot the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq.
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Small stores, street vendors and teahouses dot the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq.

In the historic souq, the morning rush and crowds begin to dwindled by noon, and by 2 p.m., many of its stores are already closed, in Irbil, Iraq.
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In the historic souq, the morning rush and crowds begin to dwindled by noon, and by 2 p.m., many of its stores are already closed, in Irbil, Iraq.

Inside the historic souq, it is possible to see people with traditional and more modern clothing intermingling, in Irbil, Iraq.
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Inside the historic souq, it is possible to see people with traditional and more modern clothing intermingling, in Irbil, Iraq.

A store in the souq sells traditional patterned fabrics and portraits of important people, in Irbil, Iraq.  
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A store in the souq sells traditional patterned fabrics and portraits of important people, in Irbil, Iraq.
 

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