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Is The Worst Over In Iraq?

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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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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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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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Six Years After Saddam, Iraq's History Is Updated

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Bombings Strike Iraqi City That Was Model Of Peace

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