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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Iraqis look at a burning U.S. Army Abrams battle tank on March 10, 2006, after an IED exploded on a highway in eastern Baghdad. Akram Saleh/Getty Images hide caption

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A scarred blast wall bears witness to the thousands of munitions exploded at a test site on the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a sprawling Army base north of Baltimore. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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People walk near a huge portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in Kabul. The Afghan government will hold a Nov. 7 runoff election between Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah after a fraud-ridden election in August. Altaf Qadri/AP 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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