1st Lt. Matt Vigeant, far right, and his Iraqi translator check the documents of an Iraqi driver pulled over near Sadr City, last May. Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times.
Anthony Shadid, a Washington Post reporter, wrote one of the first and most accessible accounts of the early phases of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Blog post about it here.
Today he offers a description of contemporary Baghdad, as the Status of Forces Agreement nominally ends the occupation and returns the country to Iraqi sovereignty. (Does anyone remember that the US nominally transferred sovereignty back to the Iraqis once before, on June 28, 2004, as Coalition Provisional Authority proconsul Paul Bremmer scurried out the door?)
Shadid describes the mood among residents -- both hopeful and wary.
Go read it all.
For McClatchy reporter Dulamy, Baghdad is a broken, fearful city and also home, where daily life somehow goes on.
Again, read the whole thing.