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Iraqi musicians swept up in recent violence

Posted at 4:31 PM on December 9, 2009 by Alison Young
Filed under: In the media, Musician stories

The Iraqi National Orchestra director Karim Wasfi told an audience just last week that "you have a choice in life. You can choose a weapon, a Kalashnikov, or you can try a musical instrument."

But the orchestra itself has been in the middle of the renewed violence in Baghdad, including the most recent suicide bombing that claimed 127 lives on Tuesday.

As of this writing, it is unlcear if any musicians are among the dead.