I hope this wasn't someone's idea of a joke, although I seriously doubt an editor could be so dense as to let it slip by him or her. Here's the choice cut.
Civil war or not, Iraq has an economy, and—mother of all surprises—it's doing remarkably well. Real estate is booming.Let me see if I've got this here. You're saying that in spite of the exploding real estate, real estate is exploding?
12-sided salute to Attaturk for the link.