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Nevertheless, there are signs that at least some Iraqi refugees are returning to their country. Along some parts of Saida Zainab’s Iraqi Street, taxi drivers stand outside their large Chevrolet Suburbans with bright red Iraqi license plates and call out to passersby, “Baghdad? Baghdad?”

The fare costs $150. A visitor does not have to wait long before he sees one of these taxis pulling away, with a stack of luggage strapped to its roof, heading east. But, for many Iraqis living in Syria, the trip is a return to the unknown, or perhaps death. So, with no other choices, Iraq’s refugees cling to an uncertain future in a temporary safe haven.

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Based in Beirut, Canadian Spencer Osberg covers the Middle East for numerous publications.

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