03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Safer Baghdad Becomes A City Of Green Zones

Abu Nawas, Baghdad's storied riverbank thoroughfare, reopened amid much official fanfare two weeks ago. But three years since they last saw business, merchants on the street are facing a new challenge, say some local merchants: overwhelming security.

Abu Nawas - once witness to frequent suicide car bombs and mortar attacks - now hums with activity of a different sort. The newly fortified area is patrolled by Humvees and guarded by US-funded private security companies that search every entering vehicle and scrupulously monitor shopkeepers and residents - and occasional intrepid visitors.

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