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Images from the first days and months of the war in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib scandal

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A Charlie Company Task Force 1-64 3rd ID tank mans a checkpoint in Baghdad, April 9, 2003.


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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29, 2003 file photo. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines.


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A detainee in an outdoor solitary confinement cell talks with a military policeman at the Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, June 22, 2004.


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In this undated still photo, an Iraqi detainee appears to be intimidated by a U.S. soldier using an trained dog inside the Abu Ghraib Prison, west of Baghdad. Hundreds of unreleased photographs and short digital videos depict U.S. soldiers using a wide variety of abusive techniques at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and appearing to enjoy the mistreatment, The Washington Post reported on May 21, 2004.


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This unsourced picture allegedly shows Iraq's former strongman Saddam Hussein being dragged out of his hiding following his capture by US troops 13 December 2003 in an underground hole at a farm in the village of ad-Dawr, near his hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq.

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Saddam Hussein was discovered hiding in this eight-foot-deep hole in Al-Dour, Iraq, near his hometown, Tikrit. His location was divulged by a clan member. After he emerged, he said, "I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq, and I am willing to negotiate."

Tyler Hicks/NYT

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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad in this April 9, 2003 file photo. U.S. President Barack Obama said on October 21, 2011, he would pull U.S. troops from Iraq this year, almost nine years after the U.S. invasion, after he failed to convince Iraq that several thousand troops should remain in part as a balance against neighboring Iran.


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A Soviet-made Iraqi T-72 tank explodes after being hit by a TOW missile in the desert on the outskirts of Habaniyah, Iraq Friday, July 4, 2003. U.S. Army soldiers from A Company 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, code-named Attack, shot TOW missles at the tank from their Bradley fighting vehicles for a fireworks display as part of their Independence Day festivities.


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U.S. President George W. Bush walks past a tank during his visit to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in the Californian desert, April 4, 2007.


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