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June 24, 2009

Iraqi's sweet sorrow: Bomb sniffers detect his perfume

It would be futile to try to pinpoint the person in Baghdad who's suffered the most during six years of war and sectarian violence. However, it's safe to say that Malik Farhan, a 33-year old perfume distributor, is a leading candidate for that dubious honor. As he tries to deliver fragrances around the Iraqi capital, he finds himself spending an inordinate proportion of his life behind the bleak gray blast walls of the checkpoints on almost every major street of the city.

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