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Lining Up for Dangerous Work

Two weeks ago, 25-year-old Maysan was heading to a police recruiting station on Haifa Street when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a long line of aspiring officers. The blast killed 47 people and wounded 114. Maysan, who arrived after the blast, recalled scraping the remains of some would-be recruits into banana crates. The next day, he returned to the police academy — to apply again, he said. “Why should I worry?” he asked with a shrug last week, standing in the shade outside another recruiting center in the Dora district of the capital. “God will protect us.” Hundreds of potential recruits have been killed in attack after attack by insurgents, but the spiraling body count has failed to scare away large numbers of young men, who still line up to join Iraq’s nascent security forces. On Monday morning, a car bomb outside a recruiting center in Baghdad killed at least 15 Iraqis and wounded 80. Most of them were aspiring officers. Full Story

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