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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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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