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A U.S. army soldier braces himself as a helicopter transporting Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, after a meeting with tribal leaders in Quarghuli Village, south of Baghdad - Ooctober 2007


An Iraqi family reacts as U.S. Army soldiers detain their teenage relative after a rocket propelled grenade attack on U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq - March, 2008

Soldiers rest after searching for three of their comrades missing after an attack that left four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier dead in Quarghuli village, south of Baghdad, Iraq - May, 2008

U.S Army soldiers rest in their makeshift barracks at Combat Outpost Rabiy in Mosul, Iraq- March, 2008.

An injured Iraqi girl is treated by medics at Patrol Base Murray after a mortar strike injured two girls in the town of Arab Jabour south of Baghdad, Iraq - December, 2007

A soldier walks past burning reeds razed to prevent insurgents from seeking cover in Quarghuli village two weeks after an ambush left four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier dead and three missing - May, 2007

A man stands handcuffed in his kitchen as soldiers search the home for a man they suspect is affiliated with al-Qaida in Mosul - May, 2007

U.S. army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Nelson, right, phones home from Patrol Base Inchon in Quarghuli Village, south of Baghdad, Iraq - October, 2007

An Iraqi woman passes U.S. troops and Iraqi police in Mosul, Iraq - April, 2009

A U.S. Army soldier, right, assists an Iraqi Army soldier escorting two men detained in a raid by Iraqi troops in Mosul, Iraq, March 22, 2008.

A girl peers from her front gate as a U.S. Army soldier patrols in Mosul - June, 2009

U.S. Army soldiers and Iraqi Army soldiers watch comrades detain men suspected of planting a roadside bomb after polls closed for the national election in Mosul - March, 2010

U.S. Army Capt. Neil Hollenbeck briefs his colleagues on the next day's mission as they occupy a house in Arab Jabour south of Baghdad, Iraq - January, 2008

U.S. Army soldiers pass the body of a suspected insurgent killed by an attack helicopter in Arab Jabour south of Baghdad - January, 2008

U.S. Army Spc. Steven Newland, 20, from Kansas City, Mo. listens to a meeting between his platoon leader and local Iraqi leaders in Baqouba, Iraq on Thanksgiving Day - November, 2008

Iraqi National Police Col. Moslet Ahmed Attiya fields phone calls about a possible suicide bombing during a joint search operation with U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq - March, 2009

Medics clean the emergency room after trying to revive a mortally wounded soldier at the Ibn Sina Hospital in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad - May, 2007

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alejandro Contreasbaez, left, and Sgt. Jarrad Benjamin, right, pay their respects to three fallen comrades in Baghdad - April, 2008

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin McCulley stands in front of one panel in a monument bearing the names of more than 4,300 U.S. service members killed in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion at Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk - May, 2010.

U.S. Army soldiers board a C-17 aircraft at Baghdad International Airport as they begin their journey home - July, 2010

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