Construction at the main entrance for the Askariya shrine in Samarra, Iraq. Jonathan Blakley/NPR hide caption

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Spc. Joseph Chroniger, who has bone spurs in his neck, hopes acupuncture from Dr. Shashi Kumar at Madigan Army Medical Center will give him relief from pain. Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, shown in Baghdad on Feb. 5, has given his government 100 days to clean up its act and show the public the government can provide basic services. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators gather in Baghdad's Tahrir Square Friday, despite a curfew and security checkpoints around the square. Jonathan Blakley/NPR hide caption

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Members of the U.S. Army's 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., walk toward a C-17 aircraft at Sather Air Base in Baghdad on Nov. 30, beginning their journey home after a year in Iraq. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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Protesters run as they chant anti-Iraqi government slogans during a protest in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Hundreds of demonstrators converged on central Baghdad as part of a rally inspired by uprisings across the Middle East and dubbed the "Day of Rage." Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Bahraini protesters wave the national flag and chant slogans as they gather Wednesday at Pearl Square in the capital city of Manama. Phil Weymouth/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Matthew Alexander, a pseudonym for the author, is pictured with another interrogator who was part of the task force looking for Zafar. Courtesy of St. Martin's Press hide caption

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