Ali Sameer, 19, center, raises his face toward a fan's cool breeze on a warm summer evening at Burger Joint in the Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad. Burger Joint is the first unabashedly American-style restaurant in the city, and it’s packed nightly. The menu, in Arabic and English, offers hot dogs, milkshakes and apple pie. Ahmed Nazar, 20, left, a computer-engineering student at Mansour University College said, “A lot of people say the Americans destroyed Baghdad, and they are very, very grateful for them to go out from this country." But Nazar added that such thinking is “narrow-minded” and that he loves all things American. He speaks English and is a fan of David Letterman. “And hamburgers are delicious,” he said.
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