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Baghdad by night

Baghdad has again come to life at night following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the nocturnal streets throughout the city.

Baghdad by night
A waitress serves patrons of the Palestine Hotel's Panorama bar overlooking the Tigris River on April 13, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad has again come to life at night following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the nocturnal streets throughout the city. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
People shop at an outdoor market on April 11, 2015 in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. Nightlife has returned to Baghdad following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the nocturnal streets throughout the city. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
The 14th of Ramadan Mosque stands over Firdos Square where a statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled during the U.S. invasion on April 13, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad has again come to life at night following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets throughout the city. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
Bridges span the Tigris River into the high-security Green Zone (L), on April 13, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad has again come to life at night following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the nocturnal streets throughout the city. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
An Iraqi Army soldier stands guard atop the Palestine Hotel overlooking Firdos Square where a statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled during the U.S. invasion on April 13, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad has again come to life at night following the February lifting of the 12-year old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets throughout the city. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
A rose vendor pursues clients at the Zawra amusement park April 10, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. The park boasts the second highest ferris wheel (180 feet), in the Middle East, after one in Sharjah in the UAE. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets following the February lifting of the 12-year-old evening curfew. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
A family takes photos in front of a not yet completed carousel at the Zawra amusement park April 10, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets following the February lifting of the 12-year-old evening curfew. (Getty Images)
Baghdad by night
A couple converses at the Zawra amusement park April 10, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. The park boasts the second highest ferris wheel (180 feet), in the Middle East. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets following the February lifting of the 12-year-old evening curfew. (Getty Images)