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Six years in Baghdad

<p>A US Army combat engineer, with Psalm 23 written on his kevlar, bows his head as he rests after securing an important two lane bridge over the Euphrates river to push the 3rd infantry's convoy of more than 3000 vehicles towards Baghdad, April 4, 2003. 



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A US Army combat engineer, with Psalm 23 written on his kevlar, bows his head as he rests after securing an important two lane bridge over the Euphrates river to push the 3rd infantry's convoy of more than 3000 vehicles towards Baghdad, April 4,...more

A US Army combat engineer, with Psalm 23 written on his kevlar, bows his head as he rests after securing an important two lane bridge over the Euphrates river to push the 3rd infantry's convoy of more than 3000 vehicles towards Baghdad, April 4, 2003. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, part of the 7th Marine Regiment, takes a short break before a final push on the road southeast into Baghdad, April 5, 2003. 



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A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, part of the 7th Marine Regiment, takes a short break before a final push on the road southeast into Baghdad, April 5, 2003. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, part of the 7th Marine Regiment, takes a short break before a final push on the road southeast into Baghdad, April 5, 2003. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>U.S. Marines from Lima Company, part of a 7-th Marine Regiment, walk in front of the Martyrs Monument during an operation to secure the center of Baghdad, April 9, 2003.



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U.S. Marines from Lima Company, part of a 7-th Marine Regiment, walk in front of the Martyrs Monument during an operation to secure the center of Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

U.S. Marines from Lima Company, part of a 7-th Marine Regiment, walk in front of the Martyrs Monument during an operation to secure the center of Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled over in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. 



REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled over in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled over in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>U.S. Army Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad as smoke rises from the Dhora electric generating station, April 28, 2003. 



REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

U.S. Army Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad as smoke rises from the Dhora electric generating station, April 28, 2003. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

U.S. Army Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters fly over Baghdad as smoke rises from the Dhora electric generating station, April 28, 2003. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>A U.S. soldier redirects people outside of the United Nation headquarters in Baghdad following a car bombing, August 19, 2003. 



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A U.S. soldier redirects people outside of the United Nation headquarters in Baghdad following a car bombing, August 19, 2003. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A U.S. soldier redirects people outside of the United Nation headquarters in Baghdad following a car bombing, August 19, 2003. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

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<p>U.S. soldiers secure a blast site outside the Baghdad headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, October 27, 2003. 



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U.S. soldiers secure a blast site outside the Baghdad headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, October 27, 2003. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

U.S. soldiers secure a blast site outside the Baghdad headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, October 27, 2003. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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<p>A U.S. Army soldier holds his pistol ready while checking vehicles after a blast outside the headquarters of the U.S. led administration in Baghdad, January 18, 2004. 



REUTERS/Ali Jasim </p>

A U.S. Army soldier holds his pistol ready while checking vehicles after a blast outside the headquarters of the U.S. led administration in Baghdad, January 18, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

A U.S. Army soldier holds his pistol ready while checking vehicles after a blast outside the headquarters of the U.S. led administration in Baghdad, January 18, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

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<p>A U.S. Army soldiers, from the 1st. Cavalry Division, stands in the middle of a crater caused by an explosion  near the Libyan and Jordanian embassies in the al-Mansur district in Baghdad, December 25, 2004. 



REUTERS/Ali Jasim </p>

A U.S. Army soldiers, from the 1st. Cavalry Division, stands in the middle of a crater caused by an explosion near the Libyan and Jordanian embassies in the al-Mansur district in Baghdad, December 25, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

A U.S. Army soldiers, from the 1st. Cavalry Division, stands in the middle of a crater caused by an explosion near the Libyan and Jordanian embassies in the al-Mansur district in Baghdad, December 25, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

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<p>A U.S. helicopter patrols the area around Baghdad, November 8, 2005. 



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A U.S. helicopter patrols the area around Baghdad, November 8, 2005. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A U.S. helicopter patrols the area around Baghdad, November 8, 2005. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>U.S. military doctors attend to a wounded Iraqi soldier inside a military hospital in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, October 30, 2006. 



REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani </p>

U.S. military doctors attend to a wounded Iraqi soldier inside a military hospital in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, October 30, 2006. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

U.S. military doctors attend to a wounded Iraqi soldier inside a military hospital in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, October 30, 2006. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for a colleague, in Baghdad, January 26, 2007. 



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U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for a colleague, in Baghdad, January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

U.S. soldiers pray during a memorial service for a colleague, in Baghdad, January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>U.S. General George Casey, then top US commander in Iraq, leaves a meeting with Iraqi army officers in Baghdad, February 7, 2007. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

U.S. General George Casey, then top US commander in Iraq, leaves a meeting with Iraqi army officers in Baghdad, February 7, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. General George Casey, then top US commander in Iraq, leaves a meeting with Iraqi army officers in Baghdad, February 7, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A U.S. soldier from Delta company of the 1st Battalion-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment takes up a position after a car bomb explosion at a market in Baghdad, February 18, 2007. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

A U.S. soldier from Delta company of the 1st Battalion-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment takes up a position after a car bomb explosion at a market in Baghdad, February 18, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A U.S. soldier from Delta company of the 1st Battalion-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment takes up a position after a car bomb explosion at a market in Baghdad, February 18, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A U.S. soldier of the Delta company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment guards a detainee in Baghdad's northwest Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, March 28, 2007. 



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A U.S. soldier of the Delta company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment guards a detainee in Baghdad's northwest Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A U.S. soldier of the Delta company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment guards a detainee in Baghdad's northwest Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliya, March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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<p>A convoy of U.S. vehicles leaves the forward operating base Loyalty for a mission in Baghdad, March 15, 2007. 
 


REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch </p>

A convoy of U.S. vehicles leaves the forward operating base Loyalty for a mission in Baghdad, March 15, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A convoy of U.S. vehicles leaves the forward operating base Loyalty for a mission in Baghdad, March 15, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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<p>U.S. soldiers wait before an early patrol in Baghdad, February 22, 2007. 



REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

U.S. soldiers wait before an early patrol in Baghdad, February 22, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. soldiers wait before an early patrol in Baghdad, February 22, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent and his police dog help U.S. soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district, April 4, 2007. 



REUTERS/Bob Strong </p>

A U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent and his police dog help U.S. soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district, April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

A U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent and his police dog help U.S. soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district, April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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<p>A U.S. soldier greets children during a joint raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces on several houses in Baghdad's Sadr City, May 6, 2007. 



REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz </p>

A U.S. soldier greets children during a joint raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces on several houses in Baghdad's Sadr City, May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

A U.S. soldier greets children during a joint raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces on several houses in Baghdad's Sadr City, May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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<p>U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd field artillery, play beach volleyball inside Camp Victory near Baghdad's airport, July 3, 2007. 



REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd field artillery, play beach volleyball inside Camp Victory near Baghdad's airport, July 3, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd field artillery, play beach volleyball inside Camp Victory near Baghdad's airport, July 3, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>A man looks on as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery and members of the Iraqi Army check his house during a joint raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood, July 4, 2007. 



REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

A man looks on as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery and members of the Iraqi Army check his house during a joint raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood, July 4, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

A man looks on as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery and members of the Iraqi Army check his house during a joint raid in Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood, July 4, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>Newly naturalized U.S. soldiers raise their hands during an oath pronunciation ceremony at Camp Victory in Baghdad July 4, 2007. 



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Newly naturalized U.S. soldiers raise their hands during an oath pronunciation ceremony at Camp Victory in Baghdad July 4, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Al-Saadi/Pool

Newly naturalized U.S. soldiers raise their hands during an oath pronunciation ceremony at Camp Victory in Baghdad July 4, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Al-Saadi/Pool

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<p>A U.S. soldier from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stands guard as his comrade talks with Iraqis in their home during a night patrol on the streets of Baghdad, July 9, 2007. 



REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

A U.S. soldier from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stands guard as his comrade talks with Iraqis in their home during a night patrol on the streets of Baghdad, July 9, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

A U.S. soldier from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stands guard as his comrade talks with Iraqis in their home during a night patrol on the streets of Baghdad, July 9, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>An Iraqi child sits as U.S. soldiers walk past her during a patrol in Baghdad, July 8, 2007. 




REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

An Iraqi child sits as U.S. soldiers walk past her during a patrol in Baghdad, July 8, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

An Iraqi child sits as U.S. soldiers walk past her during a patrol in Baghdad, July 8, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>U.S. soldiers walk past Iraqi women with their children during a patrol on the streets in Baghdad, July 10, 2007. 



REUTERS/Nikola Solic </p>

U.S. soldiers walk past Iraqi women with their children during a patrol on the streets in Baghdad, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

U.S. soldiers walk past Iraqi women with their children during a patrol on the streets in Baghdad, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>An Iraqi man sits inside an abandoned kindergarten as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stop by during their patrol in Baghdad, August 5, 2007. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

An Iraqi man sits inside an abandoned kindergarten as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stop by during their patrol in Baghdad, August 5, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An Iraqi man sits inside an abandoned kindergarten as U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade stop by during their patrol in Baghdad, August 5, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade relax as they wait for an improvised explosive device (IED) to be defused, which was found in their patrol area, in Baghdad, August 12, 2007. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj</p>

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade relax as they wait for an improvised explosive device (IED) to be defused, which was found in their patrol area, in Baghdad, August 12, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd battalion, 32nd Field Artillery brigade relax as they wait for an improvised explosive device (IED) to be defused, which was found in their patrol area, in Baghdad, August 12, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A U.S. soldier stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, October 8, 2007.  



REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz </p>

A U.S. soldier stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, October 8, 2007. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

A U.S. soldier stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, October 8, 2007. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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<p>A boy pauses as a U.S. soldier with the 2nd Brigade, Infrastructure Coordination Element team takes a break during a patrol at the Al Karkh district in central Baghdad, October 10, 2007. 



REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch </p>

A boy pauses as a U.S. soldier with the 2nd Brigade, Infrastructure Coordination Element team takes a break during a patrol at the Al Karkh district in central Baghdad, October 10, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A boy pauses as a U.S. soldier with the 2nd Brigade, Infrastructure Coordination Element team takes a break during a patrol at the Al Karkh district in central Baghdad, October 10, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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<p>Pupils on their way back home from school watch U.S. army soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2-17 field artillery on patrol in the mixed Shi'ite and Sunni neighbourhood of Zafraniyah in Baghdad, October 28, 2007. 



REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch </p>

Pupils on their way back home from school watch U.S. army soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2-17 field artillery on patrol in the mixed Shi'ite and Sunni neighbourhood of Zafraniyah in Baghdad, October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Pupils on their way back home from school watch U.S. army soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2-17 field artillery on patrol in the mixed Shi'ite and Sunni neighbourhood of Zafraniyah in Baghdad, October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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<p>U.S. soldier Staff Sergent Russell Massey, of Michigan, with 4th Platoon, G Company, 3rd Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment throws an incendiary grenade during a patrol in a neighbourhood of Baghdad, November 13, 2007. 



REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini </p>

U.S. soldier Staff Sergent Russell Massey, of Michigan, with 4th Platoon, G Company, 3rd Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment throws an incendiary grenade during a patrol in a neighbourhood of Baghdad, November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Stefano...more

U.S. soldier Staff Sergent Russell Massey, of Michigan, with 4th Platoon, G Company, 3rd Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment throws an incendiary grenade during a patrol in a neighbourhood of Baghdad, November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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<p>A U.S. soldier strokes a cat as he takes a break during foot patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, December 7, 2007.



REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A U.S. soldier strokes a cat as he takes a break during foot patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, December 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A U.S. soldier strokes a cat as he takes a break during foot patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, December 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A resident gestures as he talks to a U.S. soldier from 2nd Brigade combat team, 82nd Airborne on patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, January 5, 2008. 



REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud </p>

A resident gestures as he talks to a U.S. soldier from 2nd Brigade combat team, 82nd Airborne on patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, January 5, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

A resident gestures as he talks to a U.S. soldier from 2nd Brigade combat team, 82nd Airborne on patrol in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, January 5, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

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<p>A U.S. soldier from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment plays computer games at the barracks of a U.S. and Iraqi military Joint Security Station (JSS) in western Baghdad's Jamia district, April 10, 2008. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

A U.S. soldier from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment plays computer games at the barracks of a U.S. and Iraqi military Joint Security Station (JSS) in western Baghdad's Jamia district, April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro more

A U.S. soldier from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment plays computer games at the barracks of a U.S. and Iraqi military Joint Security Station (JSS) in western Baghdad's Jamia district, April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A U.S. soldier of 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment cries during a memorial service for three fellow soldiers killed during clashes, at a military camp in Baghdad, April 16, 2008. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

A U.S. soldier of 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment cries during a memorial service for three fellow soldiers killed during clashes, at a military camp in Baghdad, April 16, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

A U.S. soldier of 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment cries during a memorial service for three fellow soldiers killed during clashes, at a military camp in Baghdad, April 16, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>An U.S. soldier from 1st Platoon, Bravo Company (Bulldogs), 1-502 Infantry Battalion, kicks a soccer ball to an Iraqi boy while he patrols the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 10, 2008. 



REUTERS/Oleg Popov </p>

An U.S. soldier from 1st Platoon, Bravo Company (Bulldogs), 1-502 Infantry Battalion, kicks a soccer ball to an Iraqi boy while he patrols the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 10, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg...more

An U.S. soldier from 1st Platoon, Bravo Company (Bulldogs), 1-502 Infantry Battalion, kicks a soccer ball to an Iraqi boy while he patrols the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 10, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>A U.S. soldier gives a thumbs up after being wounded by a roadside explosion as he is rushed to a helicopter at the military base in the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood, in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 11, 2008. 



REUTERS/Oleg Popov </p>

A U.S. soldier gives a thumbs up after being wounded by a roadside explosion as he is rushed to a helicopter at the military base in the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood, in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 11, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg Popov more

A U.S. soldier gives a thumbs up after being wounded by a roadside explosion as he is rushed to a helicopter at the military base in the Shi'ite-dominated Chercook neighbourhood, in Baghdad's Khadamiya district, May 11, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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<p>A U.S. soldier from the 3-42 Combat Brigade Team catches a ball while jumping over a fellow soldier as they play before going out on a mission, at a U.S. military base in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, June 23, 2008. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

A U.S. soldier from the 3-42 Combat Brigade Team catches a ball while jumping over a fellow soldier as they play before going out on a mission, at a U.S. military base in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, June 23, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

A U.S. soldier from the 3-42 Combat Brigade Team catches a ball while jumping over a fellow soldier as they play before going out on a mission, at a U.S. military base in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, June 23, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A U.S. soldier looks at children swimming in a newly renovated pool in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 2, 2008. 



REUTERS/ Omar Obeidi </p>

A U.S. soldier looks at children swimming in a newly renovated pool in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 2, 2008. REUTERS/ Omar Obeidi

A U.S. soldier looks at children swimming in a newly renovated pool in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 2, 2008. REUTERS/ Omar Obeidi

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<p>U.S. soldiers play their musical instruments during a change-of-command ceremony of Iraq's Multi-National Security Transition Command and the NATO training mission in Baghdad, July 3, 2008. 



REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani </p>

U.S. soldiers play their musical instruments during a change-of-command ceremony of Iraq's Multi-National Security Transition Command and the NATO training mission in Baghdad, July 3, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

U.S. soldiers play their musical instruments during a change-of-command ceremony of Iraq's Multi-National Security Transition Command and the NATO training mission in Baghdad, July 3, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>A U.S. soldier kisses a girl at a newly-opened swimming pool in Baghdad's al-Zahwra park, July 5, 2008. 



REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud </p>

A U.S. soldier kisses a girl at a newly-opened swimming pool in Baghdad's al-Zahwra park, July 5, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

A U.S. soldier kisses a girl at a newly-opened swimming pool in Baghdad's al-Zahwra park, July 5, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

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<p>U.S. soldiers take an oath during a mass reenlistment ceremony in Baghdad, July 4, 2008. 



REUTERS/Erik de Castro </p>

U.S. soldiers take an oath during a mass reenlistment ceremony in Baghdad, July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

U.S. soldiers take an oath during a mass reenlistment ceremony in Baghdad, July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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<p>A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 10, 2008. 



REUTERS/Omar Obeidi </p>

A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 10, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Obeidi

A U.S. soldier plays foosball with residents by the side of a road in Baghdad's Adhamiya district, July 10, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Obeidi

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<p>A U.S. soldier photographs ammunition on display found in the Dora district of Baghdad during a media conference, July 16, 2008. 



REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani </p>

A U.S. soldier photographs ammunition on display found in the Dora district of Baghdad during a media conference, July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A U.S. soldier photographs ammunition on display found in the Dora district of Baghdad during a media conference, July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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<p>An Iraqi man talks to U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division searching his home for weapons and explosive devices in Baghdad's Sard City early, July 11, 2008. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

An Iraqi man talks to U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division searching his home for weapons and explosive devices in Baghdad's Sard City early, July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An Iraqi man talks to U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division searching his home for weapons and explosive devices in Baghdad's Sard City early, July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A U.S. military doctor checks handcuffed Iraqi men as they are released from detention in Baghdad's Sard City, July 11, 2008. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A U.S. military doctor checks handcuffed Iraqi men as they are released from detention in Baghdad's Sard City, July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A U.S. military doctor checks handcuffed Iraqi men as they are released from detention in Baghdad's Sard City, July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division take a break after a joint patrol with Iraqi army soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr City, July 13, 2008. 



REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division take a break after a joint patrol with Iraqi army soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr City, July 13, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armour Division take a break after a joint patrol with Iraqi army soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr City, July 13, 2008. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>U.S. and Iraqi soldiers sit together as they guard the newly-opened Mithaq swimming pool in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 30, 2008. 




REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani </p>

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers sit together as they guard the newly-opened Mithaq swimming pool in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 30, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers sit together as they guard the newly-opened Mithaq swimming pool in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 30, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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<p>U.S. soldiers go up the stairs at the location of the Kamaliya-Obaidi Sewer system during its opening ceremony in Baghdad, September 3, 2008. 



REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud </p>

U.S. soldiers go up the stairs at the location of the Kamaliya-Obaidi Sewer system during its opening ceremony in Baghdad, September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

U.S. soldiers go up the stairs at the location of the Kamaliya-Obaidi Sewer system during its opening ceremony in Baghdad, September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud

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<p>U.S. soldiers inspect a crater on a road after two bomb attacks in eastern Baghdad's Zayouna district, September 17, 2008. 



REUTERS/Saad Shalash </p>

U.S. soldiers inspect a crater on a road after two bomb attacks in eastern Baghdad's Zayouna district, September 17, 2008. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

U.S. soldiers inspect a crater on a road after two bomb attacks in eastern Baghdad's Zayouna district, September 17, 2008. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

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<p>A boy shakes hands with a U.S. soldier at the end of the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district, November 6, 2008. 



REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz </p>

A boy shakes hands with a U.S. soldier at the end of the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

A boy shakes hands with a U.S. soldier at the end of the opening ceremony of a playground which was renovated by U.S. forces in Baghdad's al-Harthiya district, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

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<p>U.S. soldiers of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry sit under a Christmas tree at a U.S. military camp in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 24, 2008. 



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U.S. soldiers of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry sit under a Christmas tree at a U.S. military camp in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 24, 2008. REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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A U.S. soldier inspects the interior of a damaged bus after a bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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