Baquba, Iraq. June 29, 2007 - I remember Baquba well as I would lose 12 kilos over 3 weeks, because it was so hot. I was like a donkey - carrying 2-3 cameras, body armor, at least 3 liters of water in a camel pack and extra water bottles in my pockets. I used to carry heavy body armor as there were so many IEDs. At the end of the day you would drop everything and put on some dry clothes as yours were full of sweat. This soldier was exhausted. (Image by Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)
A U.S. soldier aims his weapon at a man who a soldier had just shot in the neck as he attempted to flee down a narrow alley in a van, across the street from the scene of Tuesday's intense shootout on a house in Mosul, Iraq on Wednesday, July 23, 2003. (AP Photo/Wally
US Army soldiers belonging to T-F 2-7 CAV prepare to enter a building during the 2nd Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov-Dec 2004. The battle is considered the highest point of the conflict in Iraq and, according to the US Marines, Fallujah involved the marines in the heaviest street fighting since the Battle of Hue in Vietnam, 1968. 2nd Fallujah was the bloodiest engagement of the war and it fought exclusively against insurgent forces.
To all of our Iraq War Veterans we give you a special salute today. Thank you for all you have done and sacrificed. The Iraq War began 10 years ago today. American troops served in Iraq with honor and distinction from March 19, 2003 until December 2011. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika.)