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Iraqi rower Khalid Ismael loads his boat and oars after rowing practice at dusk at the Riverside Boat Club boat house in Cambridge, Mass. Ismael, along with five other Iraqi rowers, their coach, and their team leader were brought to the United States by rowing booster Bill Engeman and former US national team coach Bruce Smith to train and compete. Smith and Engeman were helping the group prepare for the 2010 Asian Games (Nov. 12-27) by rowing in Boston and competing in the Head of the Charles regatta.

PHOTO: Ann Hermes/Staff

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