June 29, 2009

Fireworks Over Baghdad

People stand in the dark as they watch fireworks light up the night sky above Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 29, 2009.  U.S. troops will be out of Iraqi cities by tomorrow Tuesday June 30 in the first step toward winding down the American war effort by the end of 2011. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

People watching fireworks above Baghdad in celebration of Tuesday’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from all Iraqi cities.


The cover of the NYT Week In Review on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. The photo captures the American bombing attack on Baghdad (otherwise branded as “Shock and Awe”) which initiated the war on the evening of March 19, 2003.

…And a related tweet.

(image 1: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times. March 19, 2003. Baghdad, Iraq. nytimes.com. image 2: Khalid Mohammed/A.P. Baghdad. Monday, June 29, 2009)

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