The clock tower of Qushla is seen at noon in central BaghdadAt the restoration site of the Ottoman governor’s headquarters, known as Qishla, near the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraqi journalist Imad al-Khafaji says, “I feel, as the work proceeds, that we are builders.” A few months ago the Iraqi government launched a campaign to restore the building of Qishla, built by the Ottomans in Baghdad in 1855 to serve as the headquarters for their forces.

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