Father Saad Sirop Hanna of St. Joseph's Church in the Karada neighborhood of Baghdad greets worshippers at the Christmas Eve Mass. Susannah George/NPR hide caption

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An Iraqi schoolgirl wears a protective mask as she is walked to school in the central Iraqi city of Kut, Oct. 19, 2009. Panic over swine flu prompted officials in Iraq to close about 2,000 schools in a bid to combat the virus. Ali al-Alak/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi fishermen and farmers prepare to sail in the marshes, north of the southern city of Basra, last year. The new textbooks include a section on Saddam Hussein's order to drain the marshes as a way to drive out Shiite opposition in the 1990s. Essam al-Sudani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Yazidis light candles outside Lalish temple, east of the Iraqi city of Mosul, during a ceremony to celebrate the Yazidi New Year, April 17, 2007. The Yazidis, a tiny religious minority numbering fewer than 1 million, are caught in the middle of a territorial dispute between Iraqi Kurds and Arabs, as well as attacks by al-Qaida. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi reporter Muntadhar al-Zeidi embraces his sister upon arrival at the Al-Baghdadya television station after his release from prison in Baghdad on Tuesday. The reporter who hurled his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush was released from prison on Tuesday, his brother said. hide caption

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An Iraqi soldier uses a hand-held bomb detector in Baghdad. Kais al-Jalele for NPR hide caption

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The Khan Bani Saad Correctional Facility, located about 12 miles northeast of Baghdad, is seen from the air in this June 2007 photograph. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers canceled the $40 million project three years ago because it was so poorly built. Locals call the unfinished site "The Whale." AP/Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction hide caption

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