'Surreal' daily life in Baghdad
Anderson Cooper spoke this morning with Don Lemon about what he's seeing of daily life in Baghdad:
"This is a country that, as you well know, has had decades now of war, decades of oppression.
"This is a place that is used to high levels of tension, high levels of uncertainty.
"So in many ways, life is going on as normal in this capital. There are stalls open in the street, shops are open, particularly early in the day.
"People are going about their business. People are going to work.
"This is a largely Shia-dominated city, so there's great confidence here among the Shia in the city that the city itself is not going to fall, though militants may be less than 40 miles from here, in Baquba.
"Between here and there, there are more hardened troops. There are these large numbers of Shia volunteers who have signed up, thousands of whom come actually from fighting over the last year or two in Syria in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad against ISIS and other forces there.
"They have now come back here to defend the capital. So there is a sense of optimism.
"I talked to a lot of people in the street yesterday about are they concerned, are they fearful of Baghdad falling. To a man, they all said no, that they can resist the forces that are nearby.
"It is kind of surreal just how used to conflict people here are. I think if there were enemy fighters 40 miles outside New York City, people in the city would be understandably concerned.
"Here, it's just the latest thing to have happened in a long line of things that have been going on here for many years."
Anderson will host Anderson Cooper 360 from Baghdad again tonight. Watch CNN at 8 ET.