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Saddam Hussein

AD Classics: Al Shaheed Monument / Saman Kamal

04:00 - 11 August, 2017
AD Classics: Al Shaheed Monument / Saman Kamal, © Steve McCurry
© Steve McCurry

It is difficult to imagine how the serene curves of the Al Shaheed Monument, reflected in a glimmering lake in the ancient city of Baghdad, could have been built in a time of conflict and genocide. Commissioned by Saddam Hussein’s regime as a memorial for the fallen soldiers in the Iraq-Iran War of the 1980s, this graceful structure exudes a quiet beauty that belies the turmoil of its birth.