Burns victim, 13, flies home after treatment in US

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A boy is greeted by his tearful mother as he returns to Iraq from America after a year of treatment for severe burns. Mohammed, 13, was swept into a crushing embrace at Baghdad airport.

The teenager, whose last name was not released, was taken to the US by a National Guard major who met him in Ramadi in 2008. Mohammed had been severely scarred in a house fire when he was two, and needed five operations at Michigan State University's hospital. In 2007, his father was killed by insurgents because he worked as a translator for US troops.

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