An Iraq War Vet Returns to Find Baghdad on the Edge of Ruin

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Iraqi onlookers gather on July 16, 2014 around a burnt motorcycle at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority districts.

Roy Scranton served in the United States Army in Iraq 2003. He returns to Baghdad 10 years later as sectarian violence and chaos threaten to overtake the country and after ISIS has taken Fallujah, Mosul, and other cities. Scranton reflects on his time in there a decade ago, the role of the U.S. in securing Iraq, and what’s happened in the country since. His article “Back to Baghdad: Life in the City of Doom” in the July 31 issue of Rolling Stone.