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In Brothers, Two Faces of the Iraq Insurgency

The younger brother was slender and serious, a former bodyguard for Saddam Hussein who became a Muslim fundamentalist, grew his beard and prayed five times a day. The older brother was a used-car salesman who was fond of telling off-color jokes and making regular trips to a Baghdad hotel for drinks. The brothers, Ali and Khalid Mashhandani, grew up together in a poor suburb of Mosul, a cluster of small, stone houses with wooden and metal roofs along the Euphrates River. For years, their paths diverged. But that changed the moment Ali died in Yarmouk Circle in downtown Mosul.Full Story

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