An Iraqi soldier stands guard at the crossed-swords monument in Baghdad, Iraq. Inside the fortified Green Zone that is home to the sprawling U.S. Embassy and several government offices, the crossed-sword archways Saddam commissioned during Iraqís nearly eight-year fight with Iran ground stand defiantly on a little-used parade ground. Iraqi officials began tearing them down in 2007, but quickly halted those plans and then started restoring the monument two years ago.
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published Monday, March 18th, 2013
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BAGHDAD — The soaring half domes of the Martyr Monument stand out against the drabness of eastern Baghdad, not far from where Saddam Hussein’s feared eldest son was said to torture underperforming athletes.