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After 5 Years Of War, Trains Return To Baghdad

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After 5 Years Of War, Trains Return To Baghdad

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After 5 Years Of War, Trains Return To Baghdad

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Train service from Baghdad to the southern city of Basra is resuming. Kais al-Jalili/NPR hide caption

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Train service from Baghdad to the southern city of Basra is resuming.

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There's an almost forgotten sound in the air of Baghdad these days. It's not bomb blasts, police sirens or the whir of helicopters. It's a train whistle — a signal of some normalcy returning to the Iraqi capital.

NPR Baghdad staffer Isra al-Rubei'i sent a reporter's notebook.

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