Young members of the Baghdad Rowing Club practice on the river Tigris, close to the University of Mustansiriyah in the Iraqi capital. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Life Flows Back Into The Waters Of Baghdad's Tigris
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Iraqi security forces inspect a crater caused by a car bomb attack in the neighborhood of Karrada in Baghdad earlier today (Dec. 22, 2011). It was one in a wave of such bombings in the Iraqi capital today. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Baghdad's traffic, choked by hundreds of checkpoints, slows to a crawl while security forces inspect vehicles for weapons and explosives. Lynsey Addario/National Geographic hide caption

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