Kurds Risk All in Baghdad Smuggling Runs

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The Kurdish-controlled Iraqi border town of Kifre relies on smuggling operations that pit Kurds against Iraqi troops. Supplies such as kerosene are purchased in Baghdad — a six-hour round trip — and carted back to Kifre. Bullet wounds and worse are a hazard of the trade. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.

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