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Continued electricity outages send Iraqis to hamams

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Iraqis relax in a hamam, or Turkish bath, on Dec. 10, in Baghdad, Iraq. Some Iraqis visit the baths because they do not have hot water at home due to the continued electricity shortage while others visit to relax. Outside of the Kurdish north, most Iraqis receive just five hours per day of electricity. Iraq is transitioning nearly nine years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation. American forces are now in the midst of the final stage of withdrawal from the war-torn country. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel have died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence.

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Iraqis relax in a hamam, or Turkish bath, on Dec. 10, in Baghdad, Iraq.