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Kurdish Refugees Seek Return to Iraq

Piroz Nasser Zanganeh has moved from one refugee camp to another for 16 years, ever since Saddam Hussein’s security agents drove her from this northern Iraq city. Now she is ready to come home. But Zanganeh and her relatives can only get as far as a tent at the edge of the city because the U.S.-led coalition says it’s too soon for them to come back. More than 4,000 Kurdish families are in the same situation, creating friction among the factions vying for control of Kirkuk, as well as with the U.S.-led administration in the Iraqi city. U.S.-led forces are trying to keep Kurds who lost their homes in Saddam’s campaign of ethnic cleansing from coming back too quickly, hoping to avert humanitarian and political problems. Full Story

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