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An Iraqi boy's journey

Zedabdeen Hadi enjoys breakfast with his uncle, Hasan

Zedabdeen Hadi enjoys breakfast with his uncle, Hasan Khazaal, who officially adopted him in Nassau County Surrogate's Court in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Zedabdeen Hadi, an Iraqi boy who came to Long Island for reconstructive surgery 18 months ago after being nearly killed in a car bombing as an infant, will not have to return to his violence-riven country. He and his uncle, Hasan Khazaal have been granted asylum in the United States.

Zedabdeen Hadi enjoys breakfast with his uncle, Hasan
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Zedabdeen Hadi enjoys breakfast with his uncle, Hasan Khazaal, who officially adopted him in Nassau County Surrogate's Court in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Zedabdeen Hadi, center, with his uncle Hasan Khazaal
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Zedabdeen Hadi, center, with his uncle Hasan Khazaal and their adoption lawyer Rachel Paras in Surrogate's Court in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Zedabdeen Hadi, a 5-year old Iraqi boy injured
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Zedabdeen Hadi, a 5-year old Iraqi boy injured by a bomb, was not sure how to handle the media outside Nassau County Surrogate's Court after his uncle Hasan Khazaal adopted him in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Zedabdeen Hadi stands with his uncle Hasan Khazaal
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Zedabdeen Hadi stands with his uncle Hasan Khazaal and their adoption lawyer Rachel Paras at the start of the adoption ceremony in Surrogate's Court in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Zedabdeen Hadi shares a moment with his uncle,
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Zedabdeen Hadi shares a moment with his uncle, Hasan Khazaal, who officially adopted him in Nassau County Surrogate's Court in Mineola. (Feb. 27, 2013)

Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, an Iraqi boy injured in
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Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, an Iraqi boy injured in a bomb blast, in the office of immigration attorney William Streppone of Commack. Zeenabdeen came to the United States in April last year for medical treatment. His uncle, Hasan Hadi Khazaal, contacted Streppone to help them apply for asylum. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, plays in a park in
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Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, plays in a park in New Hyde Park. He has undergone numerous surgeries to restore function to his mouth. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, plays with his uncle Hasan
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Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, plays with his uncle Hasan Khazaal in a park in New Hyde Park. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, chats with immigration attorney William
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Zedabdeen Hadi, 5, chats with immigration attorney William Streppone at the lawyer's office in Commack. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Zedabdeen Hadi 5, plays with his uncle, Hasan
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Zedabdeen Hadi 5, plays with his uncle, Hasan Khazaal, in New Hyde Park. They came to the United States from Iraq in April last year, at the invitation of doctors at the Garden City-based Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. (Sept. 14, 2012)

Zedabdeen Hadii, 5, plays with his uncle Hasan
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Zedabdeen Hadii, 5, plays with his uncle Hasan Khazaal in New Hyde Park as Diane Avedissian, a volunteer who had been helping them learn English, looks on. (Sept. 14, 2012)

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