Lidra, engineer, Baghdad, 1042 LOCAL TIME (0642GMT)
I recently came back to Baghdad from Dubai. I arrived back in mid May and went to see my previous employers the next day. They told me I could start straight away.
My role as a sales engineer requires me to travel all the time and that is relatively dangerous at the moment so I stay in Baghdad.
The situation in Baghdad is very stable compared to a couple of weeks ago. I think the security measures called "operation lightning" that have been going on in recent days have helped.
I was able to take my family, my wife and five children to a theme park near the green zone the other day and every evening now we go to have ice cream from a nearby shop. Up until now I find the situation satisfactory.
The power situation is getting better too because of a new station east of Baghdad. Yesterday we had a little more nicer night with this new power.
The regular thing for Iraqis is to spend the night on the roof, because of the way villas are designed. This summer we can not do that because we worry some bullets may miss their targets.
But life is normal, my children have just finished school, they received their marks and were very successful. So we had a celebration and bought a small cake.
We go shopping all the time and at the moment I am looking for a new car. For now we spend our days walking and I think that is good exercise for us.
Dr Faisal Haba, doctor, Baghdad, 1017 LOCAL TIME (0617GMT)
We are scared to come to work. We really suffer in making the trip from home to the hospital and back.
I'm very pessimistic about the health of the country. We have now a second wave of immigration or escape, another one like in the Saddam's time. A big number of doctors have left the country to neighbouring countries or the Gulf States.
I've never been, in the old days, attacked by anybody in my house. Nobody dared. But while I was sitting at 9pm at night, instead of ringing the bell they knocked with their guns.
I opened the door and saw eight Hummers and about 20 soldiers with their guns pointed at us. They said we have information that you hold meetings in your house against the coalition armies.
I said I'm a well known doctor and you have got the wrong address. They turned the house upside down and they found nothing and at the end, they apologised.
But they went about it Rambo-style, with their guns pointed at us. I was very upset.
Yes, I said you have got the wrong information, but you have just created a good enemy for yourselves.
Sanaa, pharmacist, Baghdad, 1008 LOCAL TIME (0608GMT)
Things are getting worse here. Life was easier during the first year after the war.
I shouldn't have to worry 24 hours a day about the safety of my son, but that is the case now.
You are not safe or secure, you have to lock everything now, you are suspicious about everything. I lock doors, I lock my car every time now and this is my only concern. It keeps me from leading a normal life, this feeling of insecurity.
I can't help thinking how secure it was before the war. Obviously I did not like everything, but I just remember how safe it was. I wouldn't go back to the regime, we have a sense of freedom now, but it is shadowed by this feeling of insecurity.
Before we used to lead normal lives, we couldn't voice our opinions about everything. But we kept away from the government and led normal lives. We could go to meetings and clubs, and be in by midnight. We didn't get involved in politics.
I feel deceived, I feel abandoned. It has been going on too long now. I can't say I blame one party, everyone is to blame, I blame everyone.
I am a pharmacist and lots of the medicines I sell are for diarrhoea. It is the lead killer of children here. Other medicines are for flu even though it is 40c at the moment. This is because the air-conditioning is off for half the day due to electricity shortages.