Quil LawrenceQuil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering veterans' issues nationwide.
Trucks carrying goods from Iran to Iraq queue for inspection about 90 miles from the southeastern Iraqi city of Amara. These days, Iraqi truckers face more delays than mortal danger while working, but life remains a challenge.
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Debris litters the road after two bombings in the western city of Ramadi, about 60 miles from Baghdad, on Dec. 30. Violence has escalated recently in Anbar province, once the stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq.
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