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Warzone Hummers in Iraq, now stretch limos.

August 9th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

By Lucky Gold & Samuel Burke

In Iraq, car bombings and corruption are still facts of life, but there are signs of economic renewal. Among them is the Hummer.

The U.S. Military’s armored vehicles of choice are being turned into stretch limos and rented out at $400 a day for weddings by Iraqis who can afford it.

There's also a place called The Burger Joint – where waiters take orders on iPads to the music of Motown and Frank Sinatra.

American culture remains, even if U.S. troops are gone.  And the numbers suggest an economic rebound. Iraq is producing about three million barrels of oil per day – levels they haven't seen since Saddam Hussein was in charge.

But ordinary Iraqis are still waiting to share in those profits and to live in safety.


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  2. Eusebio Manuel Vestias Pecurto

    o Iraque esta a mudar e nós sabemos todos que a corrupção é o dia a dia no Iraque mas ela vai diminuir

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  3. hummerguy

    That's not military, it's not armored, and it's not a Humvee – it's a Hummer H2 limo which is what we have here in the states. You can tell by the rear-view mirror and overhead console.

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