How 'American Sniper' plays in Baghdad

January 30, 2015 4:53 AM

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When Gaith Mohammed, a young man in his twenties with a degree in accounting, went to see American Sniper during its opening week at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall, he says the theatre was full and rowdy.

“Some people watching were just concentrating, but others were screaming ‘F--k, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!’” Mohammed laughed, recounting the film’s many tense scenes when U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, radios in for authorization to take out a...

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