Iraqis in the northeastern town of Baqouba protest the arrest of a member of the Sahwa, or Awakening movement (also known as the Sons of Iraq) and a Sunni Muslim member of the Provincial Council, in May. The Sahwa, or Sunni militias, joined U.S. troops in the fight against al-Qaida in Iraq in 2007. Now, members face tough times. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S.-Allied Sunni Groups Struggle Under Iraqi Control

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A young Iraqi woman has the final touches done to her hair at a salon in central Baghdad. Many Iraqi women say the return of Western-style fashions is a sign of returning security and freedom after years of war and sectarian tensions. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Baghdad, Hemlines Rise As Violence Falls

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An Iraqi man counts out Iraqi dinars at a money changer in central Baghdad in May. The Iraqi economy is hampered by red tape and corruption. Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraq's Shaky Economy Poses Threat To Future

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Coordinated Blasts Kill More Than 125 In Baghdad

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Iraqi Scam: Looking For Police Job, Finding A Con

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Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq could begin 60 days after the country's national elections. Just before a midnight deadline Sunday, Iraq's parliament approved an election law that clears the way for elections early next year, probably in late February. Corey Flintoff/NPR hide caption

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Iraqi Political Deal Clears Way For U.S. Pullout

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Impasse Ended, Iraqi Election Can Proceed

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A U.S. Army mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP, drives along a main road leading to the joint U.S.-Iraqi military base at Abara near the northeastern city of Baqouba, in August 2008. Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Military Prepares To Move Out Of Iraq

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Reality TV, Iraqi Style: Giving Leaders An Earful

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Tariq al-Hashemi, Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president, speaks Wednesday during a press conference in Baghdad about the upcoming elections. Hashemi vetoed part of a key election law, throwing national polls slated for January and a planned U.S. troop drawdown into question. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Election Plans In Limbo After Veto Of Key Law

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Baghdad Island (shown here in June 2009) is a 150-acre Tigris River amusement park complex. It was a popular site for weddings and other celebrations before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, but it was devastated by looting in the aftermath. Now, U.S. and Iraqi officials have begun renovating the park. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Fun? In Baghdad? A Theme Park Seeks A Comeback

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