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After the US-lead invasion...

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After the US-lead invasion of Iraq, thousands of doctors fled that country due to killings and kidnapping of doctors. It is estimated that over 600 medical personnel, including over 130 doctors, had been killed since 2003. The health-care system was left in ruin, with only 16,000 workers in a system requiring up to 100,000 workers. But as security is slowly improving, doctors are beginning to return from exile. By August of 2008, it was estimated that of the 8,000 doctors who fled, about 650 had returned with more returning each month. That certainly is good news.

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