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From Baghdad to Beantown
April 19th, 2014
06:38 PM ET

From Baghdad to Beantown

By CNN's Susan Garraty

It will be an emotional scene as more than 36 thousand runners attempt to complete Monday's Boston Marathon. Last year, two homemade pressure cooker bombs placed next to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street killed eight people, tore away limbs, and troubled many Americans' hearts as it became apparent that terrorism had again visited the United States.

Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, is from a country splintered almost daily by sectarian terrorism. Car bombs, kidnappings, and horrific acts of violence continue to plague an Iraq trying to recover and rebuild after more than a decade of armed upheaval. Faily was serving as his country’s ambassador in Tokyo last year when Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu were killed and hundreds were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The pictures of desperate faces and devastation were familiar to him.

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