THOUSANDS Celebrate In Baghdad As Violence Falls

In case you missed it… This war is won.

Iraqis have visited Baghdad’s parks and shrines in their thousands in the past few days during a major Muslim festival, the highest turnout for years as violence falls in the Iraqi capital –Reuters.

Local residents flock to Zarwa Park in the Karkh District of Baghdad on Oct. 4, 2008. Park officials estimate that an average of 500,000 visitors daily have passed through the gates of the park since the end of Ramadan. (DVIDS Staff Sgt. Brock Jones)

Baghdad security spokesman Major-General Qassim Moussawi told reporters:

“We are proud of … achievements that led millions of people to visit shrines, mosques, parks and fairs in a way Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces haven’t seen before.”


Residents take a ride on “Space Gun” at Zawraa’s amusement park during the last day of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday in Baghdad December 12, 2008. Iraqis have visited Baghdad’s parks and shrines in their millions in the past few days during a major Muslim festival, the highest turnout for years as violence falls in the Iraqi capital, security officials said. (REUTERS/Atef Hassan)

In related news… Women in Baghdad are driving their cars again.

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