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Jul 24, 2012

Iraqis flee Syria as former safe haven descends into conflict

AL-WALEED, Iraq (Reuters) – They fled sectarian violence in Iraq years ago but are now desperately trying to get back – crammed into buses, trucks and cars out of Syria, once their safe haven, now descending into civil war.

At a desert border crossing, 560 km (350 miles) west of Baghdad, hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children arrived exhausted in the baking sun, back in the homeland they thought they had left behind.

Jul 13, 2012

Artist’s work rises from Baghdad’s ashes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – As Baghdad burned, Iraqi artist Qasim Sabti headed for one of the places he loved the most – the Academy of Fine Arts – only to find thousands of its books and archives on fire.

It was April 2003 and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, begun in March, had reached the capital.

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      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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