Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb three years ago, and was burned over nearly half of his body. After years of grueling physical therapy, he now performs at open mic night at the Rivercity Comedy Club in San Antonio. Katie Hayes for NPR hide caption

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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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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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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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