Elsewhere in the region, NBC's Tom Aspell covered the return of war refugees from Damascus to Baghdad, illustrated by one family's "plastic suitcases, a tattered soccer ball and their precious pet pigeons." In part, this homecoming was the latest in a series of encouraging reports on improved security--five of the nine stories on Iraq in the past two weeks reflect such optimism. Aspell showed us, for example, an Iraqi government commercial running on regional satellite TV that depicts "a family returning to clean and quiet streets." Then he cautioned that Baghdad is "still a dangerous city--there are kidnappings, shootings and bomb blasts every day." The other side of the coin, according to United Nations monitors, is that most Iraqis are returning home "because they are running out of money and Syria is clamping down on visas."
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