Article of the Day, Photojournalism

December 18: the last US troops leave Iraq

…BUT 150 troops will stay

Yesterday, December 18, the media announced what seems to be the end of an 8 year-old war: the last US troops leave Iraq. However, there are 150 US troops that were not shipped back to their families for the holidays as they will stay at the US embassy on the banks of the Tigris river for “training and cooperation purposes”. A troop has an average of 30 soldiers, which multiplied by 150 gives a total of 4,500 lives.

All Iraqi leaders have to decide now is whether allow external hands on their oil reserve, which is the 4th largest in the world, or not. A  tough decision to make after being indirectly bombarded and killed for nearly 9 years by the exact same hands. What hands? Foreign investors.

Hopefully, Iraq’s environmental degradation will become a priority as well. High levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination have already been reported as the cause of birth defects and water poisoning.

The war is over, yes, but what follows?

I leave you with 13 stories of the war since 2003, captured by 11 different photojournalists.

[Click on the picture to be redirected to the author’s website…or it’s equivalent]

Jerome Delay, BAGDHAD, IRAQ | APRIL 09, 2003

AL MUSAYYIB, IRAQ | MAY 31, 2003 © Jerome Delay

 Carolyn Cole, BAGDHAD, IRAQ | 2004

BAGDHAD, IRAQ | 2004 © Carolyn Cole

Luis Sinco, FALLOUJA, IRAQ | NOVEMBER, 2004

FALLOUJA, IRAQ | NOVEMBER, 2004 © Luis Sinco

Christoph Bangert, DYALA, IRAQ | APRIL 2, 2005

DYALA, IRAQ | APRIL 2, 2005 © Christoph Bangert

Chris Hondros, TAL AFAR, IRAQ | JANUARY 18, 2005

TAL AFAR, IRAQ | JANUARY 18, 2005 © Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros, BAGHDAD, IRAQ | DECEMBER 2, 2006

BAGHDAD, IRAQ | DECEMBER 2, 2006 © Chris Hondros

Zoriah Miller, BAGHDAD, IRAQ | JUNE 25, 2008

BAGDHAD, IRAQ | JUNE 25, 2008 © Zoriah Miller

Zoriah Miller, GARMA, IRAQ | JUNE 26, 2008

GARMA, IRAQ | JUNE 26, 2008 © Zoriah Miller

Mohanned Faisal, BAGHDAD, IRAQ | DECEMBER 14, 2011

BAGHDAD, IRAQ | DECEMBER 14, 2011 © Mohanned Faisal

Lynsey Addario, BAGHDAD, IRAQ | 2011

BAGHDAD, IRAQ | 2011 © Lynsey Addario

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