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""Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.""
Cost of the War in Iraq:
March 2008: Iraqi Christians carry the coffin of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho during his funeral in the northern Iraqi Christian village of Kremlis on March 14, 2008. The Patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic church, Emmanuel III Delly, tearfully urged Christians today not to seek revenge for the death of the archbishop of Mosul, whose body was found in a shallow grave two weeks after being kidnapped.(Photo AFP-Getty Images)
As I moved into the neighborhood, the destruction from weeks of fighting was horrible. Most of the shops and kiosks have been damaged. Doors are knocked off their hinges. Windows are shattered. The walls are riddled with bullet holes. Some buildings are blown apart by missile fire. (Raheem Salman - LA Times) - May 2008
A wounded boy arrives at a hospital in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday, May 3, 2008.
Iraqi soldiers drove away after deserting from their mission on Tuesday night in Sadr City. Iraqi forces said they were not removing themselves from their base because they were afraid but rather because they lacked proper equipment and had no means to communicate directly with the American troops. 'That is an excuse,' the American commander said to the Iraqi, 'and you know it.' (Photo: Joao Silva for The New York Times) april 2008
Capt. Logan Veath, left, the commander of Company B, spoke with a group of Iraqi soldiers who had abandoned their positions Tuesday in Sadr City. 'If you turn around and go back up the street those soldiers will follow you,' Captain Veath told the Iraqi major. 'If you tuck tail and cowardly run away they will follow up that way, too.' (Photo: Joao Silva for The New York Times) april 2008
Women mourn for their relatives who were killed after an air strike in Basra, 340 miles south of Baghdad April 3, 2008. REUTERS/Atef Hassan
A man searches for a missing relative near the rubble of a house after an air strike in Basra, 340 miles south of Baghdad, April 3, 2008. REUTERS/Atef Hassan
Residents display a poster of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad's Sadr City, April 2, 2008. REUTERS/Kareem Raheem
ShiIte Supporters: During a recent protest in Baghdad, protesters held signs in support of Iraq and cleric Moqtada al Sadr. Mr. Sadr's Mahdi Army has started a civil disobedience campaign. Thaier AL-Sudnai/Reuters
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Not only is Ahmadinejad the first Mideast head of state to visit the country since its alleged liberation, but the very warm official welcome offered by the Iraqi government to the most vociferous critic of the United States speaks volumes to the abject failure of the Bush doctrine. March 4 2008. AP photo / Ahmad al-Rubaye
Getting ready for summer, a generator repairman at work in Baghdad, march 2008. Spring is in the air, and Iraqis' thoughts are turning to ... air conditioning. That means they're also thinking about the chronic electricity shortages that make the hot months unbearable for people who can't afford to run generators day and night. (Saad Khalaf / LA Times)
Relatives mourn inside the house where the U.S. military killed an Iraqi couple and their teenage son in the village of Adwar, 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of Tikrit. Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, after American soldiers stormed their one-room house and opened fire. Couples two daughters were wounded , one of them died later on. (AP Photo/Hameed Rasheed)
Iraqis mourn next to dead bodies during a funeral ceremony in the outskirts of the Sunni village of Al-Hajaj, outside Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. 18 Iraqis were killed and 22 wounded when a suicide bomber with an explosive belt detonated himself inside a funeral tent, late Monday. (AP Photo/Bassem Daham)
Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP), produced by Navistar International, are loaded onto an airplane at the Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, S.C. in this Nov. 28, 2007, file photo. The military is buying thousands of MRAPs to guard troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from deadly roadside bombs. These hulking machines at about $450,000 a pop rely on their heft and creative design to bull their way through blasts that can cripple Humvees. (AP Photos/Alice Keeney, File)
A veiled woman shops in a market in Basra, 550 km (342 miles) south of Baghdad, December 2, 2007. Women in Iraq's southern city of Basra are living in fear. More than 40 have been killed and their bodies dumped in the streets in the past five months for behaviour deemed un-Islamic, the city's police chief says. (Stringer/Reuter
Deadly Mysteries: Unidentified bodies are taken to the Shiite holy city of Najaf for burial. Dec 2007 (Photo:Alaa al-Marjani, AP )
Creating civilian havens is a cornerstone of the US counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. While many here are grateful for the newfound calm, they say the price is an increasingly segregated city that is starting to feel like a collective cage. In many cases, the US military is keeping tabs on male residents by collecting fingerprints and retinal scans.(nov 07)
Two young children play with destroyed car parts at a site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007. A parked car bomb went off Monday evening in southwest Baghdad's Baiyaa neighborhood, wounding five persons, police said. (Photo: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Two people walk past tombs at the Wadi al-Salaam cemetery in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Wadi al-Salaam, or the Valley of Peace, is one of the largest cemeteries in the world, containing millions of graves. (Photo: AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)
A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Brigade talks to local residents during Operation Marne Courageous in the town of Owesap, south of Baghdad Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. (Photo: AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Many children in Iraq are being abandoned by parents who are too poor to support them. These three children are being cared for by KCA, a local NGO (Photo:IRIN nov 07)
Artists eager to bring hope to residents of the war-ravaged Iraqi capital Baghdad have been painting grey concrete walls, erected to protect commercial and residential areas from car bombings and other attacks, with vibrant murals of proud moments in the country's history. 'We are trying to help Iraqis coexist with these concrete barriers and accept them, as they can't be moved - at least for the time being,' said 39-year-old artist Emad al-Najar. (Photo:Irin nov 07)
Women not wearing the traditional dress and head scarf, known as hijab, in Basra risk being killed by extremists- nov 2007(Photo Irin)
An Iraqi solder directs traffic near an exit ramp where a taxi driver was fatally shot on Saturday by a convoy guard in Baghdad, november 2007. (Photo:Joao Silva for The New York Times)
An Iraqi boy peered Tuesday inside a car that was towed to a Baghdad police station after two women inside were killed. 10 october 2007 (Photo:Joao Silva for The New York Times)
Haider and Mariam Ahmed lost their mother and older brother in the shooting involving guards for Blackwater USA. Photo: Johan Spanner for The New York Times
It was mealtime when we visited this orphanage in Sadr City - it was at full capacity. No-one knows the true figure, but growing numbers of children have been orphaned by the endless bloodshed.(BBC)
This is the red and white sign every Baghdad resident knows to avoid. Many have been shot and killed for getting too close to US military or private security details such as this. Only a traffic jam on the way to the airport allows us to get close.(BBC)
August 14, 2007: A coordinated series of truck bombings kills hundreds in northwest Iraq. The US blames the attacks on al-Qaida. It's the single deadliest day of the war since the 2003 invasion.(Der Spiegel)
June 2007:The Bush Administration's hideously named military offensive in Iraq's Diyala province ('Arrowhead Ripper' there's a real hearts-and-minds moniker for you) is having the same effect we've seen in all the other many pushes and surges and crackdowns during the botched conquest: killing innocent people, alienating the locals, strengthening the insurgency and allowing the ostensible targets of the operation to escape long before the action begins.
A picture taken by residents of western Baghdad during April, May and June, 2007. They provide a glimpse of life in the Iraqi capital four years after the the American invasion: abandoned streets, burnt out buildings and vehicles, piles of uncollected garbage and rubble, unknown bodies decaying on the streets, makeshift roadblocks placed by residents to fend off militia attacks. Most of the pictures, which have been circulating on Iraqi Arabic-language message boards, are from the Jami'a district and surrounding areas in predominately Sunni western Baghdad.
Another picture taken by residents of western Baghdad during April, May and June, 2007. From the Jami'a district and surrounding areas in predominately Sunni western Baghdad.
Supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr chant anti-U.S slogans during a protest rally in Kadhimiya district in Baghdad April 30, 2007. Hundreds of Moqtada's supporters held a protest denouncing the U.S.-Iraqi operation in Kadhimiya district.The U.S. military said in a statement eight gunmen were killed in a U.S.-Iraqi operation in the area but denied its forces entered Sadr's office. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ)
Followers carrying posters of radical anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his late father Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr rally in Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 30, 2007, condemning the previous day's raid. A joint American-Iraqi raid to capture 'high-value individuals' in the north Baghdad district of Kazimiyah left one Iraqi soldier and eight gunmen dead, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
BAGHDAD, 23 April 2007 (IRIN) - Baghdad specialists and citizens have hit out against the US strategy of building walls around Sunni districts that are surrounded by Shia areas. They say such barriers would worsen the lives of thousands of Iraqis and would increase violence.
Demonstrators hold Iraqi flags as they march during an anti-U.S. protest called by fiery cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007. Baghdad was under curfew on Monday on the fourth anniversary of the fall of the capital to U.S. forces. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
Demonstrators hold a banner as they chant slogans during an anti-U.S. protest called by fiery cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, marking the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad April 9, 2007. Baghdad was under curfew on Monday on the fourth anniversary of the fall of the capital to U.S. forces. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
'Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her. In the end she tells the reporter that she can't talk about it anymore and she covers her eyes with shame. She might just be the bravest Iraqi woman ever. Everyone knows American forces and Iraqi security forces are raping women (and men), but this is possibly the first woman who publicly comes out and tells about it using her actual name' - Riverbend, Bagdad
Wounded US Marine returns home from Iraq to marry. (Portraits: 1st prize singles, World Press Photo 2007; by Nina Berman, USA, Redux Pictures for People)
In Sinaa, a neighborhood in Baghdad, a car bomb killed nine people Monday 5 feb 2007, a day in which bombings killed at least 29 and wounded 90, Johan Spanner for The New York Times.
At 10.30, 28 jan 2007, the Mahdi militias(acc. Iraqirabita) attacked a girl's secondary high school in al Adl neighborhood with 5 mortar bombs, leading to the death of 5 students and dozens of others injured.
JUST SAY NO - In downtown Portland, Maine, a man weighs in on President Bush's plan to send 21,500 U.S. troops to Iraq. He was part of dozens of picketers on Jan. 11, in the area to protest Bush's new plan. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
PIPELINE ATTACK - Iraqi firefighters try to extinguish a burning oil pipeline near Kirkuk, Iraq, on Jan 11. Suspected Sunni insurgents attacked and set fire to a large oil pipeline in northern Iraq, interrupting the flow from the Kirkuk oil fields, an official of the Northern Oil Co. said. (AP)
ON PATROL - Iraqi children hold out a toy to British soldiers in Basra, Iraq, on Jan. 7. On the same day, a British soldier was killed in an accident in his tracked reconnaissance vehicle, bringing the total number of British troops killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion to 128. (AFP/Getty Images/Dave Clark)
The New Middle East. The map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, Peters is a retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy. (Map Copyright Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters 2006).
This video image released by Iraqi state television shows Saddam Hussein's guards wearing ski masks and placing a noose around the deposed leader's neck moments before his execution Saturday Dec. 30. 2006. Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday.
SWIRLING VIOLENCE Bombings in Baghdad rose over the spring and summer 2006. Scott Nelson/World Picture Network, for The New York Times
Residents look at a burnt minibus after a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr city, December 6, 2006. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the minibus in Shi'ite Sadr city, killing three people and wounding 16, Interior Ministry sources said. 06 Dec 2006 REUTERS/Ali Jasim
A man cries as he holds his daughter, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack, in Baghdad's Sadr city, December 6, 2006. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a minibus in Shi'ite Sadr city, killing three people and wounding 16, Interior Ministry sources said. 06 Dec 2006 REUTERS/Stringer
In this revelatory account of the CIA's fifty-year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo in a long-standing, covert program of interrogation.
Bial Hussein has been working för Associated Press since 2004. He has now been imprisoned in Iraq for five months, without charge. The US Military accuses Bilal for being a security threat. Some of his pictures below.
Photograph by Associated Press Photographer Bilal Hussein, currently imprisoned by the US Military without charge (sep 2006)
Photograph by Associated Press Photographer Bilal Hussein, currently imprisoned by the US Military without charge (sep 2006)
Photograph by Associated Press Photographer Bilal Hussein, currently imprisoned by the US Military without charge (sep 2006)
American soldier posing with 2 children holding a sign saying 'Lcpl Baudreaub killed my Dad and he knocked up my sister'
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, center, addresses the media and supporters, Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash. Watada said he feels the Iraq war is illegal and immoral and he is refusing to deploy when his Army brigade, stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., leaves for Iraq later this month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An Iraqi woman cries after identifying her husband's body at Baghdad's al-Yarmouk hospital June 6, 2006. Two civilians were killed and seven others were wounded when two mortars hit a market in central Baghdad, police sources said. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ)
SURVIVOR: Eman, 9, says she saw U.S. troops kill seven family members in Haditha; Franco Pagetti - Time
Amid rising sectarian violence, cleric Moqdata Sadr has called for a demonstration of unity for Iraq. Here, Iraqi flags are being prepared in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.
Flames shoot out of a US army tank after a large explosion set fire to it. The US military had no immediate information on casualties.
March 2, in Kerbala. The military forces of the U.S.-installed Iraqi government also seem to have been taught CIA techniques, although they are widely known to use more classic forms of torture to extract information.
Al Arabiya journalist Atwar Bahjat killed in Samarra on 23 feb 2006. Was to report on the Askari shrine bombing. Moments before her death, Atwar, who was born in Samarra to a Sunni father and Shiite mother, reported on the tremendous tension on the streets of the city, which she was not able to enter.
Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush with a grandson. The general was killed in US custody, tortured and later suffocated in a sleeping bag november 2003 according to Human Rights First report 'Command.s Responsibility'
The Askari shrine in Samarra was known for its large golden dome. Armed men entered the shrine and detonated several explosives - 22 feb 2006
Abu Ghraib A detainee apparently being abused at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. Photograph: Reuters
A woman reads a copy of Britain's 'News of the World' newspaper in London. The British government is facing fresh controversy over the conduct of its troops in Iraq after a tabloid newspaper published video footage purporting to show savage abuse of young Iraqis.(AFP/Alessandro Abbonizio)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 6: In this handout from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) shakes hands with Shiite radical leader Moqtada Sadr at the Presidential Palace on February 6, 2006 in Damascus, Syria. According to reports, Sadr stated 'Israel, the United States and Britain, which are enemies of Iraq and Syria, are guilty of sowing dissent between the Syrian and Iraqi peoples' and vowed to 'maintain coordination' with Damascus. (Photo by SANA via Getty Images)
Karbala, IRAQ: An Iraqi girl arrives with her mother to take part in the Ashura religious ceremony in the city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, 06 February 2006. Ashura marks the Shiite Muslims commemoration of the 7th century killing of their most revered Saint Imam Hussein, a symbol of martyrdom for Shiites. (Photo credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
TIME photographer Franco Pagetti walks from the scene of a twin bombing in Baghdad on the 19th that killed 25 people. He escaped the bombs, but was attacked by Iraqi police for photographing the aftermath.
In a group of 251 soldiers from a study group in Mississippi who had all had normal babies before the Gulf War, 67 percent of their post-war babies were born with severe birth defects. They were born with missing legs, arms, organs or eyes or had immune system and blood diseases. In some veterans' families now, the only normal or healthy members of the family are the children born before the war.
His Sacrifice. Injured in Iraq by an antitank mine, Army Specialist Matthew Braddock inspected his leg after a cast was removed at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Photo by James Nachtwey/ Time
Watching. A soldier from Bravo Company of the US Army's Task Force 1-14 Infantry patrolled outside a barbershop in Mosul, in northern Iraq. Photo by Thomas Dworzak/ Magnum for Time
Color Purple. The ink on the index finger of this woman in Baghdad showed that she had cast her ballot in the Jan 30 election for a Transitional National Assembly, Iraq's first vote since 1953. Photo by Franco Pagetti/Polaris for Time
FALLUJAH, Iraq: Iraqi children peer at front gate as a US marine from 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines Regiment walks past by them during a foot patrol in the downtown area of the restive city of Fallujah, 50 kms west of Baghdad, 19 December 2005. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
United States Marine Corps drill instructor yells at a recruit after wakeup attention detail in Parris Island, South Carolina, January 6, 2005.(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
BAGHDAD, SEPTEMBER 12, 2004 A young Iraqi civilian lies dead in Haifa Street as a U.S. armored personnel carrier burns in the background. Twenty-two Iraqi civilians were killed and forty-eight injured when U.S. helicopters opened fire on crowds celebrating around the burning vehicle, which was disabled by an insurgent attack. No American soldiers were killed in the fighting. Photo by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad
SADR CITY, BAGHDAD, AUGUST 7, 2004. A young boy watches his relatives repair a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the home of a Mahdi Army fighter. Photo by Thorne Anderson.
Phosphorus shells were widely deployed in Fallujah as a weapon. 'A rain of fire fell on the city, the people struck by this multi-coloured substance started to burn, we found people dead with strange wounds, the bodies burned but the clothes intact.' - RAI 24 news
The burial of the american soldiers are hidden events. The photographer Paul Fusco has been at funerals and respectfully taken the photographs. This picture is from the slideshow 'Bitter Fruit' at http://www.magnumin motion.com/bitterfruit/ player.html
A shop keeper in the Palestine Hotel picks up mannequins up after a suicide bomb blast in Baghdad October 25, 2005. Three suicide bombers staged a coordinated attack on the Baghdad hotel complex used by foreign journalists on Monday, killing at least 15 people, police said. 25 Oct 2005 REUTERS/Ali Jasim
Men rushed to remove a body from the site of a powerful carbomb explosion in Baghdad/ Namir Noor-Eldeen - Reuters
A British soldier in Basra escapes a tank that a crowd set ablaze with Molotov cocktails Sept. 19. Atef Hassan / Reuters
Women and children from a household wait outside as soldiers search their home July 30, 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, Iraq: A mother weeps at the loss of her son Ahmed Ahsan as she waits for his body at the Yarmuk hospital following a shooting incident in the Dura district of southern Baghdad 26 May 2005. Three passengers were killed and two others were wounded after the mini bus they were riding in was shot at by US soldiers according to the driver who survived unharmed along with another passenger(Photo by ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 20: Iraqis walk on a painted American flag May 20, 2005 in Sadr city Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. Firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on his supporters to paint American and Israeli flags in front of mosques so people could step on them in a protest of the occupation of their country by a foreign army. (Crisispictures)
BAQUBA, Iraq: US soldier inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the city of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, 19 May 2005. One Iraqi civilian was wounded in the attack near a Shiite Muslim mausoleum. A series of tit-for-tat killings has raised sectarian tension to boiling point in Iraq where Sunni religious leaders openly accused Shiite militiamen of kidnapping and murdering Sunni Arabs, including clerics. (ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, Iraq: An Iraqi woman mourns as the coffin of a relative is carried on the top of a mini bus outside the general morgue in Baghdad, 16 May 2005. The bodies of 46 Iraqis killed execution-style were discovered in different parts of Iraq yesterday, the bulk of the grim crop came from Shiite Muslim neighbourhoods in and around Sadr City in northern Baghdad. Some of the victims were thought to be Sunnis. Others were found in the violence--wracked mixed areas south of Baghdad known as the Triangle of Death. SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, Iraq: An Injured girl is comforted by her mother as a nurse treats her at the Yarmuk hospital, after being caught in last night's twin car bomb explosion in the Dura district of Baghdad 17 May 2005. Two people were killed and 25 others injured in the explosions. SABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fifteen people were killed and 84 wounded and many cars destroyed this morning in a car bomb explosion on a main street of Baghdad's eastern Jadida district, according to an official. Meanwhile, two US marines were killed when their armoured vehicle drove over a mine in northwest Iraq during an offensive against those fighting against the occupation and the Iraqi government. (All photos by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold a demonstration in Baghdad's Firdos Square April 9, 2005 where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was pulled down by Iraqis and American soldiers two years ago. REUTERS/Ali Jasim
Iraqi Shi'ites loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hold effigies of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L), former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (C), and U.S. President George W. Bush during a protest rally in Baghdad April 9, 2005. REUTERS/Akram Saleh
Many in the Middle East feel things would be a lot better if the Americans would just leave them alone.
OUTSIDE KIRKUK, IRAQ - This is NOT Home. Ahmed Rawi, a spokesman for the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), told IRIN that the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Fallujah was critical, requiring a huge quantity of supplies. Perhaps if there were a flood, someone might care, but that seems unlikely.
An Iraqi boy watches a burning oil pipeline in the city of Baiji north of Baghdad, February 16, 2005. An explosion hit an oil pipeline east of the refinery city of Baiji on Wednesday, causing a large blaze and sending thick clouds of black smoke over the city. An Iraqi oil official confirmed on Wednesday that the country's oil export pipeline to Turkey was hit by sabotage on Tuesday night and said flows were expected to resume early next week. REUTERS/Sabah Hamid
FALLUJAH, IRAQ: A lone boy reopens his 'shop' amid the ruins on February 6, 2005, as returnees begin to rebuild their city. Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images
RAMADI, IRAQ: - Iraqis escorted into polling station by commandos walk past American soldiers from the 1st Batallion, 503rd Infantry. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ January 28, 2005 A car bomb went off next to a polling station in south of Baghdad one hour after a suicide bomber targeted a police station in the same area. January 28, 2005, Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad is witnessing a surge of violence as the country prepares for elections on Sunday. The (Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Getty Images)
BAQUBA, IRAQ 27 January 2005 A corpse lies on the ground as US soldiers secure the scene following following an explosion in the northeastern city of Baquba, 60 kms from Baghdad 27 January 2005. (Hrvoje POLAN/ AFP PHOTO / Getty Images)
BAGHDAD, IRAQ January 28, 2005 An Iraqi woman cries as she is trying to locate a relative in the area of a car bomb that targeted a police station south of Baghdad on January 28, 2005, Baghdad, Iraq. Four policemen were killed in the attack which was followed by another in less than an hour in the same area. (Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Getty Images)BAGHDAD, IRAQ)
SAMARRA, IRAQ - TODAY Democracy is Coming An injured person is brought into the emergency room of a local hospital in Samarra, 125 kms north of Baghdad, 27 January 2005. A double suicide attack in the centre of the Sunni Triangle city of Samarra killed at least 11 people, police said. The dead included eight soldiers and three civilians, police said. Seven other people were injured. PHOTOGRAPHER: DIA HAMID Copyright: 2005 AFP/Getty Images
A Father carries his injured son to a car to be taken to a neurological hospital from the emergency room - Ali Al-Saadi / AFP / Getty
TAL AFAR, IRAQ EARLIER TODAY The Soldiers Killed Her Parents An Iraqi girl screams after her parents were killed when U.S. Soldiers fired on their car during a dusk patrol January 18, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq. The car held an Iraqi family of seven of which the mother and father were killed. Photographer Chris Hondros Agency: Getty Images Photo Date: JANUARY 18
BASRA, IRAQ Growing Up in Iraq. Photographer: ESSAM AL-SUDANI Agency: Getty Images Photo Date: 12 January 2005 Iraqi youth stand around the remains of a human body still lying on a street following a bombing last night in the center of the southern city of Basra, 500 kms from Baghdad, 12 January 2005.
Muqdadiyah, IRAQ Run Over by a US Tank.Relatives mourn over family members killed by a United Steas tank in Baquba on Friday, 14 January 2005. Ten Iraqis were killed and one injured Friday when a U.S. tank ran over a minibus in Muqdadiyah, 45 kilometres northeast of Baquba, police said. Photogapher: ALI HUSSEIN Agency: EPA/SIPA Date: January 14th
FALLUJAH, IRAQ: Old Iraqi woman cries in front of her flattened house in Fallujah as US Marines from Lima Company patrol the area, some 50 kilometers of west of the capital Baghdad, 04 January 2005. The devastated city came under US military assault trying to flush out insurgents in November. Photographer: Hrvoje POLAN Agency: AFP/Getty Images Photo Date: 4 Jan 2005 10:51 AM
Sept. 7: An Iraqi youth strikes at a U.S. military tanker that came under fire outside Baghdad. Three soldiers were killed Tuesday in separate attacks, bringing the U.S. casualty count in Iraq to more than 1,000 since the March 2003 invasion. (Photo: Jewel Samand -- Getty Images/AFP)
Supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr cheer as they patrol a part of Sadr City in Baghdad. At least 36 people have died in clashes in the Baghdad slum, including one U.S. soldier, and injuring 193
A Shiite cleric takes part in a demonstration by supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani (picture) from Kufa to its twin city Najaf.(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
A seriously wounded boy is rushed to hospital in Kufa after being shot during a demonstration by supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani as they marched from Kufa to Najaf.(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
I think American citizens - as a country, not as soldiers - are very kind, very compassionate. And I'm sure they don't like what is going on. - Jeanan Moayad, whose husband has been detained indefinitely at Abu Ghraib prison. ANNIA CIEZADLO
The pictures of US soldiers torturing their captives have the added horror of sexual abuse. In five of the 14 images that the Sunday Herald has seen, a female soldier identified as Lynndie England, a 21-year-old from a West Virginia trailer park is playing up to the camera while her captives are tortured.
An Iraqi man holds an anti-American sign in front of the main gates of the prison of Abu Ghraib west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad May 5, 2004. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
A U.S. soldier guards cells inside the prison of Abu Ghraib, outside Baghdad, Iraq. U.S.Major General Geoffrey Miller, commander of U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, apologized this day for the 'illegal or unauthorized acts' committed by soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison, where photographs showed Iraqi prisoners were abused by smiling American guards.(AFP/Pool/Anja Niedringhaus) )
U.S. marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force call to Iraqi women and children to leave the building during a house-to-house search operation in a village near the town of Falluja April 28, 2004. One Iraqi insurgent was killed and another wounded during the operation. Photo by Oleg Popov/Reuters
Iraqis burn a homemade flag with the design of their country's new flag in the besieged city of Falluja, April 27, 2004. Iraq's Governing Council has adopted a new national flag to replace the one flown by Saddam Hussein, with emblems to represent peace, Islam and Iraq's Kurdish population, spokesman Hamid al-Kefaae said on April 26. REUTERS/Akram Saleh
An Iraqi boy holds a leaflet in broken English that reads 'Fallujah, the cemetery of the Americans,' near a burning car in Fallujah. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
The Presidential re-election process for George Bush and Dick Cheney in 2004 uses a fleece jacket as a device. A close look at the label indicates the fleece jacket was made in Burma.
March 11 2004: All five Britons released from Guantánamo Bay are enjoying their freedom today after the four who had been questioned by anti-terrorist officers were released without charge late last night.
Crowds of mourners carry coffins to mass funerals through the streets of the sacred city of Kerbala, Iraq, March 3, 2004. A series of bomb blasts in the center of the city killed at least 185 people and wounded 235 on Tuesday, as the festival of Ashura, a 10-day Shi'ite religious ceremony, was reaching its conclusion. REUTERS/Faleh Kheiber
Iraqi women hold up pictures of their missing relatives during a rally in Baghdad, February 25, 2004. Hundreds of members of the Dawa Shi'ite religious party, banned by the Saddam Hussein regime, demonstrated in demand of compensation by the U.S-led Coalition Authority for their missing relatives. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Robert Shrode in his rented farmhouse. 'Somebody stares at it, I get mad at them,' Shrode says. 'Somebody looks away, and I get mad at that.'
Jenni McKinley in her two-bedroom apartment. 'I didn't handle war the way I thought I was going to,' she says.
A wounded man screams while being treated by doctors following a bomb attack at Baghdad's Sheheen hotel, January 28, 2004. A suspected car bomb blew up outside a hotel in central Baghdad shortly after dawn on Wednesday, destroying the building and causing many casualties, witnesses said. REUTERS/Ali Jasim
Iraqi sisters and their brother sit on top of a destroyed car in Samawa, southern Iraq January 18, 2004. An advanced team of Japanese Self-Defence Forces, who are now in Kuwait, will arrive in the southern Iraqi city, about 300km south of Baghdad, to engage in humanitarian and reconstruction operations. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama
U.S. Army soldiers search the wreckage after a blast outside the headquarters of the U.S. led administration in Baghdad January 18, 2004. A suicide bomber blew up a car laden with half a ton of explosives outside the main U.S. headquarters in Baghdad on Sunday morning, killing at least 20 people and wounding about 60 as they waited to enter the base. REUTERS/Ali Jasim
Iraqi Army soldiers train in urban warfare in central Baghdad January 13, 2004. Iraq and the U.S.-led coalition forces have trained two battalions of a new army following the invasion which toppled leader Saddam Hussein's government last spring. REUTERS/Ali Jasim
U.S. Army machine gunner Specialist John Stevens of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment reads a cover story on Time magazine's 'Person of the Year,' the American soldier in Iraq, while securing a Baghdad post office for a ministerial press conference January 10, 2004. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
The Hardest Farewell Six-year-old Melissa Gorba nestles into her father's side as he receives deployment orders at the Kent Armory in Kent, Wash. Members of the 81st Armor Brigade, including 3,200 members of the Washington Army National Guard, said goodbye to their families Wednesday and reported to Fort Lewis for training after being activated Nov. 15 (Wednesday, November 19, 2003)
civilians, their plight in this conflict all but ignored by the U.S. commercial press, have paid a price unimaginable to most Americans. (Photo: Ruth Fremson)
Protesters against the state visit by U.S. President George W. Bush march through London, November 19, 2003. Protesters made their way through London on Wednesday demonstrating against the U.S. president's visit to Britain. REUTERS/Paul McErlane
Representatives of the Stop the War Coalition hold up bundles of petitions calling for the state visit of U.S. President George W. Bush to be called off, before handing them in to Prime Minister Tony Blair's official residence in London's Downing Street, November 17, 2003. Armed police turned the British capital into 'Fortress London' on Monday on the eve of Bush's visit. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid
12nov:An Italian soldier next to the barracks in Nassiriya destroyed by a suicide bomb attack. At least 18 Italians and eight Iraqis were killed. Photograph: Anja Niedringhaus/AP
The father of a wounded Iraqi youngster, who was shot by U.S. soldiers after his group attacked them, cries as his son is treated by Army doctors during an early morning raid in the village of Maidan, 40kms northeast of Baquba, Iraq, November 7, 2003. As deadly guerrilla attacks against U.S. forces have been increasing in parts of Iraq, U.S. troops detained dozens of Iraqis after raiding the village looking for members of a suspected cell planning attacks on coalition forces. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Detained Iraqis are surrounded after attacking soldiers of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division (Task Force Ironhorse) during an early morning raid in the village of Maidan, 40 kms northeast of Baquba, Iraq, November 7, 2003. As deadly guerrilla attacks against U.S. forces have been increasing in parts of Iraq, U.S. troops detained dozens of Iraqis after raiding the village looking for members of a suspected cell planning attacks on coalition forces. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Protesters hang a large banner from the window of a downtown office building, during an anti-war demonstration in Washington, October 25, 2003. Thousands rallied in Washington on Saturday to protest against U.S. policy in Iraq, the first major demonstration since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat in the war on Iraq. REUTERS/Gregg Newton
Women and children leave the area near a blast site in the Baghdad suburb of Sha'ab, October 27, 2003. Bombers struck at least three times in Baghdad at rush hour on Monday morning, killing at least 33 people near a Red Cross building and two police stations. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
A U.S. Army soldier walks past a blast site outside the Baghdad headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, October 27, 2003. Bombers struck at least three times in Baghdad at rush hour on Monday morning, killing at least 33 people near a Red Cross building and two police stations. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
Demonstrators march during a peace protest in Washington, October 25, 2003. Thousands rallied to protest the U.S. policy in Iraq, the first major demonstration since President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat in the war in Iraq. REUTERS/William Philpott
Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim boys march as members of radical cleric Moqtada Al Sadr's Mehdi Youth Brigade before Friday prayers in the Baghdad suburb of Al Sadr city October 24, 2003. The Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan begins next week. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
Iraqis celebrate as a U.S. Army humvee vehicle burns, after it was destroyed by an improvised explosive device October 22, 2003. A roadside bomb wrecked the U.S. military vehicle in the flashpoint town of Falluja on Wednesday, witnesses said, adding that there had been American casualties.The U.S. military had no immediate word on the report. REUTERS/Mohammed Abud
A soldier guards a suspect in Tikrit; Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department have increasingly been taking the blame for the chaos in Iraq
An Iraqi man detained for shouting slogans praising Saddam Hussein during a demonstration refuses to sit down when ordered by a U.S. Army soldier in central Baghdad October 15, 2003. The sign at rear reads in Arabic, 'We will win'. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz
Over the past month thousands have gathered in Kufa, outside the Shiite holy city of Najaf, for Friday prayers led by Moqtada Sadr, an anti-occupation cleric.
The President acknowledges sailors after addressing the nation from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003. White House photo by Paul Morse
Iraqi civilians, some wounded, took shelter after being caught in a fierce firefight between U.S. and Iraqi forces on the eastern outskirts of Baghdad.
An Iraqi child gathers medicine from the floor of a clinic after it was looted. Arabs as well as Kurds blamed the United States for not moving soldiers into Mosul quickly enough.
A dental office in a medical clinic was in a shambles after being looted. At least one man was killed and two others injured in the looting in Mosul. The cost of the damage appeared to extend into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Kurds in the city of Erbil, Iraq, cheered as they gathered in the streets to celebrate the demise of Saddam Hussein's government
An Iraqi woman screamed upon arriving with her wounded husband and son at the hospital in Baghdad on Tuesday.
An Iraqi civilian passed the scene where an American tank was destroyed while engaged in fighting with Iraqi soldiers in a southern suburb of Baghdad.
Iraqi civilians passed a column of humvees on the outskirts of Baghdad. Thousands of residents tried to flee the capital.