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Iraq virtuoso to return to troubled homeland

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A former Iraqi soldier and prisoner who brought one of the world's oldest stringed instruments back into the spotlight is set to end his exile and take his haunting songs back home. 

Naseer Shamma (L), Iraqi oud player, performs at the Royal Opera House in Muscat on September 27, 2010. The former Iraqi soldier and prisoner who brought one of the world's oldest stringed instruments back into the spotlight is set to end his exile and take his haunting songs back home.

Naseer Shamma is something of a global ambassador for the oud -- a pear-shaped, six-stringed wood instrument hailing from ancient Mesopotamia -- but has avoided reaping the fruits of fame in his turmoil-hit homeland.

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