20 May '11, 11am

Iraqis flee violence in Syria, return home: And as uprisings and revolutions sweep the Middle East, many Iraqis

BAGHDAD (AP) - It's easy to identify the Iraqis fleeing the violent uprising in Syria as they arrive by bus in Baghdad. They're the ones carrying a sad array of worldly possessions: blankets and mattresses tied with cord; TVs and curtain rods; boxes once filled with food from the U.N.'s refugee agency now packed with clothes and baby toys. "It is better to die in our own country than to die abroad," said Zeena Ibrahim, a 33-year-old pregnant mother of two. She returned with her husband from Damascus, where they have lived since 2006. Her husband used to be in the Iraqi army, and after receiving repeated threats and attending funerals almost daily for fellow soldiers, the couple decided to flee to the safety of Syria. Now that haven is gone. And as uprisings and revolutions sweep the Middle East, many Iraqis are beginning to return home. It is a development that says just a...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110520-0000671/Iraqis...

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