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Seated near the entrance of the Shahbandar literary café, owner Haji Mohammed al Khashali gazes out to Al Mutanabbi Street, a centuries-old hub for booksellers and intellectuals. A 2007 car bomb near the café killed five of Khashali's sons, whose portraits hang on the wall.

Seated near the entrance of the Shahbandar literary café, owner Haji Mohammed al Khashali gazes out to Al Mutanabbi Street, a centuries-old hub for booksellers and intellectuals. A 2007 car bomb near the café killed five of Khashali's sons, whose portraits hang on the wall.