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IRAQ THROUGH THE FALL

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    A soldier objects to photographs being taken while stopping for tea at one of the city's many falafel stands.
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    A street scene during Saddam Hussein's regime, February 2003.
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    A young man smokes a water pipe on the street of Baghdad, during Saddam Hussein's regime, a few weeks before coalition forces invaded Iraq.
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    A young girl is seen in a Baghdad street, during Saddam Hussein's regime in February of 2003.
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    Saddam Hussein regime loyalists eat lunch in a restaurant in downtown Baghdad, March 2003.
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    Men play video games in Basra a few weeks prior to the coalition invasion.
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    People are seen in a Baghdad market in January of 2003.
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    Gallery owner Samira Abdulwahab, right, and her daughter-in-law, left, are seen at their home in a wealthy Baghdad suburb. Abdulwahab is one of the elite Iraqis who've done well under the current regime. But despite the warm lighting and cozy sofas, the mood was tense. The women found it hard to make small talk, consumed with worry.
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    Muslim Sunnis pray in a mosque for the Eid day, February 2003.
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    Men participate in a wedding procession on their way from the bride's home to a fancy downtown hotel, serenaded by the musicians hired to accompany them.
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    Teenagers dance at a Baghdad night club, February 2003.
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    Basra slums, February 2003.
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    An elderly man is photographed in Basra, February 2003.
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    Mental hospital in Baghdad, April 2003.
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    Lunch time at a mental hospital in Baghdad, April 2003.
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    People live on marshes, which have been drained by Saddam Hussein to repress growing opposition by activists who were living in the swamps during the 70s.
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    Women harvest salt on marshland drained by Saddam Hussein to repress growing opposition by activists living in the marshes.
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    Farmers leave the Iraqi southern oil fields, near Basra in February 2003.
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    A man cleans a golden statue of Saddam Hussein, covered in dust and in need of repair.
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    Regime dignitaries loyal to Saddam Hussein attend a Mosul military parade, a few weeks before the coalition forces invaded Iraq.
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    Saddam Hussein regime dignitaries and Ba'ath party members attend a demonstration against the impending war in the Al Mansour district of Baghdad, March 15, 2003.
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    Foreign Arab fighters at a military training camp south of Baghdad. The men were training as mujahideen to fight alongside Iraqi soldiers.
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    A military parade in Tikrit, a few weeks before the coalition forces invaded Iraq.
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    Workers, doctors, nurses and students show their support for Saddam Hussein, February 2003.
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    People dig sandbag defense positions in the streets of Baghdad, March 2003.
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    People escape Baghdad by bus en route to Syria, March 2003.
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    American peace activists demonstrate against the war in Iraq, on the Kuwaiti border, February 2003.
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    Armed with make-believe Kalashnikovs, a group of Baghdad schoolboys wait beside the Tigris River to greet a busload of foreign peace activists who volunteered to come to Baghdad as human shields. The following day, President Bush announced that Saddam Hussein had 48 hours to leave Iraq.
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    Foreign peace activists set candles on the Tigris River, a symbolic effort to stop the impending coalition attacks against the regime of Saddam Hussein, Baghdad, March 16, 2003.
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    Baghdad sky polluted by oil smoke. During the three-week coalition air raids over Baghdad, Iraqis burned oil fires in and around the city, in a desperate attempt to blind jet fighters and fool guided missiles. A medieval defense technique against 21st century high-tech weaponry, April 2003.
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    Night bombardments of Saddam Hussein's Presidential Palace in Baghdad, during the coalition air raids, March 21, 2003.
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    Baghdad sky polluted by oil smoke. During the three-week coalition air raids over Baghdad, Iraqis burned oil fires in and around the city, in a desperate attempt to blind jet fighters and fool guided missiles.
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    Baghdad sky polluted by oil smoke. During the three-week coalition air raids over Baghdad, Iraqis burned oil fires in and around the city, in a desperate attempt to blind jet fighters and fool guided missiles, April 2003.
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    A sand storm obscures the skyline of Baghdad, during coalition air raids, March 2003.
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    Coalition airstrikes diminish after sand storms stifled Baghdad for two days, blanketing the city in an ominous red glow and lulling its residents into a strange lethargy. Men with guns wander around in the haze, saying the storm is a gift from God because it is thwarting coalition efforts to advance on the city.
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    The family of a low-level Baath party loyalist is seen in their home in Baghdad. Toting a Kalashnikov, the man went in and out to meet friends while his son and teenage daughter were confined indoors.
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    Children's laundry dries on a clothes line as the oil keeps burning all around Baghdad, March 27, 2003. During the three-week coalition air raids over the city, Iraqis burned oil fires in a desperate attempt to blind jet fighters and fool guided missiles.
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    A man gets a haircut in a building next to a bombed-out communication center.
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    Men pray near a U.S. Abrams tank abandoned by American troops on their advance toward the Baghdad airport, April 2003.
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    A man surveys the damage as coalition forces invade Iraq, April 2003.
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    An injured Iraqi soldier arrives naked at the emergency room of the Al-Kindi hospital in Baghdad. Once injured, the soldiers undress before being sent to the hospital so no one could see that they belonged to the Iraqi Army, who claimed no causalities.
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    An Iraqi defender at Al-Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad during the air raid of coalition forces, which sent hundreds to the emergency room, March 2003.
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    Two Iraqi women mourn the death of a young girl killed during coalition bombings over Baghdad. The Koranic verse written on the wall reads: "Tell them (God speaking to prophet Mohammad) that the death you are trying to escape will always catch up with you. You will then return to God - the one who knows about the unknown, about the past and about what is happening."
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    Two women bathe the body of their 12-year-old relative, who was killed by airstrikes, in preparation for burial.
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    The body of a young Iraqi girl is wrapped in a white sheet on the marble table of the wash room in a Shiite mosque's funerarium. She was killed by a blast during coalition bombings of Baghdad, March 29, 2003.
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    Men mourn the death of relatives killed during the coalition air raids over Baghdad.
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    A victim of the coalition air raids during the invasion of Iraq, March 2003.
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    After entering Baghdad, U.S. soldiers pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein in the 14th of Ramadan Square, April 9, 2003.
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    A U.S. Marine covers the face of a Saddam Hussein statue with an American flag before pulling the statue down.
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    U.S. soldiers pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein in the 14th of Ramadan Square, April 9, 2003.
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    Iraqis celebrate the removal of Saddam Hussein's statues by pulling the head of the statue around the city.
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    A young Iraqi boy waves at the arrival of the American troops in Baghdad, April 2003.
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    U.S. Marines are seen at Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit, April 14, 2003.
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    U.S. Marines are seen at Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit, April 14, 2003.
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    U.S. Marines help looters exit the gate of Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit, April 14, 2003.
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    Middle-class men set up check points and barricades on the streets to keep away looters, stopping cars and threatening anyone who looked suspicious, Baghdad, April 11, 2003.
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    Women carry looted goods as they run down the streets of Baghdad.
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    In a cemetery near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, where hundreds of opponents were executed, two thousand people were buried with only a number to mark the graves. When a list of names corresponding to the numbers was released, families came to identify loved ones and give them a proper burial, April 28, 2003.
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    In a cemetery near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, where hundreds of opponents were executed, two thousand people were buried with only a number to mark the graves. When a list of names corresponding to the numbers was released, families came to identify loved ones and give them a proper burial, April 28, 2003.
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    After the coalition invaded Baghdad, Shiite doctors pray at Al Kindi hospital. The hospital was government property under Saddam Hussein's regime, April 20, 2003.
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    Thousands of Shiites gather outside a mosque in Saddam City, renamed Sadr City after the fall of Saddam, to pray openly after 30 years of dictatorship.
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    Shiite Imams gather inside the shrine of Karbala, praying loud with microphones during the celebrations of the 40th day of Muharram, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
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    Crowds of Shiite pilgrims poured into Karbala, 60 miles from Baghdad, to celebrate the 10th day of Muharram, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Mohammad. The most fervent believers flagellate themselves and cut their heads with knives to show their grief and sorrow. Under Saddam Huseein, this ritual was discouraged as too extreme, so now it is seen as a true sign of liberation.
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    Inside the Karbala shrine, Shiite Muslim pilgrims celebrate the 40th day of Muharram, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
Iraq Through the Fall

From Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship to the invasion of Iraq by the coalition forces. February to April 2003.

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