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Desperate Iraqi Job-Seekers Return To Bombed Army Recruiting Line

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Iraqi recruits gather near the military headquarters where a suicide attack occurred in Baghdad Tuesday. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Just how desperate are Iraqis for jobs? How's this? After Tuesday's bombing which killed at least 61 job seekers in Baghdad, men hoping for work returned to the army recruitment line that had just been bombed.

From the Associated Press:

"I have to get this job at any cost in order to feed myfamily," said Ali Ahmed, 34, a father of two who returned to the bloody street after taking a friend to the hospital. "I have no option but to come back to the line. If there were other job opportunities, I would not be here in the first place."

Ali Ibrahim, 21, who suffered minor shrapnel wounds in the blast, returned to the line after his release from the hospital.

"I came back with my friend to try to get in. We are forced to come back for the sake of earning a living by securing the job," said Ibrahim, who had been waiting since 3 a.m.

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