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Left: A Sunni insurgent. Al Anbar Province, 2009. Right: US soldiers at a Forward Operating Base in Mosul, 2009.
The first night of the 'Shock and Awe' bombing of Baghdad, Iraq, 2003. All images © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos.
The gravesite of a Shiite fighter loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr that died fighting US and Iraqi forces during the American occupation of Iraq. Najaf, 2010.
Anmar Faris Khorshid, 19, a Yazidi Kurd disabled since birth, sits in a wheelchair next to his home in Bashiqa's old city, 2019.
An Indian soap opera on TV inside the tent of a family displaced because of their affiliation with ISIS. Qayarah, 2018.
oung boys working as scavengers gather as workers demolish the former Iraqi Insurance Company in western Mosul where ISIS executed men accused of being gay by throwing them from the roof. Mosul, Ja (...)
Iraqi soldiers inspect a dungeon-like basement used by ISIS as a detention facility. Fallujah, 2016.
A man walks along a desert road near the town of Khaldiyah in Iraq's Anbar Province. The man, a native of Ramadi, was displaced when ISIS arrived in the city, and now lives with his family in a cam (...)
A man tries to tame an Arabian horse looted from one of Saddam Hussie's palaces in Baghdad, now being kept in the backyard of a house in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, 2004.
A local villager watching a passing US patrol. Abu Ghraib, Baghdad, Iraq, 2008.
An Iraqi woman recovers at the Imam Hussein Hospital in the Sadr City district of Baghdad after suffereing shrapnel wounds in a rocket attack fired from US forces into a residential building, durin (...)
Iraqi Army Colonel General Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi. Baghdad, 2020.
In the aftermath of the invasion, motorists in Baghdad wait in line for gasoline, despite Iraq being a country with one of the world's largest oil reserves. Baghdad, 2004.
IRAQ. Mosul. 2005. Iraqi Police cars after an insurgent attack.
A man runs away from a burning building in central Baghdad targeted by US airstrikes. Baghdad, Iraq, 2003.
A Sunni insurgent. Al Anbar Province, 2009.
US soldiers buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico. USA, 2018.
Crowds gather by the Tigris River to watch the search of an American pilot that was alleged to have been shot down over the Tigris River. Baghdad, 2003.
Taping of The Colbert Report in Baghdad’s Green Zone, 2008.
Aftermath of the final battle to route ISIS from Mosul’s Old City, 2019.
Arrest of suspected Al Qaeda insurgents in Fallujah, 2009.
Computer screen shot of Iraqi detainee being tortured by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison.
IRAQ. Baghdad. 2019. An ISIS fighter featured in a propaganda video. An ISIS fighter featured in a propaganda video. Baghdad, 2019.
A painting of horses decorating an insurgent hideout raided by US forces on the outskirts of Baghdad, 2008.
Anti-government protestors in Baghdad, 2020.
An Iraqi Army soldier walks into a hole connecting two buildings used by ISIS as a prison and medicine storage facility in the city of Fallujah, 2016.
Fawza, 24, a refugee from Iraq, recovers from severe burns to her body at MSF’s Reconstructive Surgery Hospital in Amman. The Reconstructive Surgery Programe (RSP) in Amman was established in 200 (...)
Prosthetic limbs stored in the Reconstructive Surgery Hospital in Amman, Jordan, June 02, 2022.
A desperate woman searches for her two children after disappearing amid a gigantic fire at an illegal petrol station in central Baghdad, 2003.
Moises Saman Baghdad, Iraq. July, 2004.  © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos