Residents visit the tomb of a loved one at the New Kerbala cemetery in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq, in 2007. Mushtaq Muhammad /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi-American poet who teaches in Michigan. She has published five books in Arabic and two in English. Michael Smith/Courtesy of Dunya Mikhail hide caption

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Dancer Josh Burnham plays the role of Colin Wolfe in the Manassas Ballet Theatre production Colin. Melanie Beus Photography hide caption

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A soldier in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq, from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, waves after crossing over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint decorated with plastic flowers in Baghdad in 2008. Ali Yussef/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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