Iraqi reporter Muntadhar al-Zeidi embraces his sister upon arrival at the Al-Baghdadya television station after his release from prison in Baghdad on Tuesday. The reporter who hurled his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush was released from prison on Tuesday, his brother said. hide caption

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Iraqi Humvees ready for patrol sit next to a U.S. military base where advisers and trainers live roughly 400 yards from Iraq's border with Iran, northeast of the city of Amara in Maysan province. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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An Iraqi soldier uses a hand-held bomb detector in Baghdad. Kais al-Jalele for NPR hide caption

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Ashur Mohammed, 60, checks his land in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, on July 9. Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — something the Iraqis have blamed on dams in neighboring Turkey and Syria — have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki surveys damage to the foreign ministry building, five days after truck bombings struck in Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 19, 2009. The suicide bombings devastated the foreign and finance ministries, killing about 100 people and dealing a major blow to confidence in the country's security forces. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Nadia al-Izzi, a 35-year-old Iraqi woman, is the founder of D-Jerusalem, a construction and design firm. Izzi's company has completed projects building police stations, embassies and primary schools. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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