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Iraq: Ten years later

Eight images that revisit the sites of the war’s most iconic photos


 

Associated Press photographer Maya Alleruzzo spent four years in Iraq during the height of the war there. She recently returned, 10 years after America first invaded, to visit the places she and her colleagues had previously photographed. Her new photos all contain a shot of the original ones, and the contrast between them says much about what has and hasn’t changed since the war began.

The pedestal that once supported an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein is now empty save for bent iron beams, as if no one has quite decided what to replace the statue with. A sidewalk looks identical, except for an orphan child who once sat there distraught on a filthy scrap of cloth.

The most notable absence in the current photographs is of American soldiers. Today, for better or worse, Iraqis are on their own.


 
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Iraq: Ten years later

  1. Ten years later? The country still has bombings, suicide missions, killings among the people. Try 25 years later, Maybe it will be better.

  2. I wonder if that child is still alive.

  3. No peace in Iraq until the regime in Saudi Arabia and Qatar stop supporting Wahabists and all terrorists groups. As long as the they keep funding them, publishing their stupid ideas and creating Fatwas to kill other muslims there will be no peace.

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