For five years, Yuri Kozyrev has been working in Iraq to document the struggle for stability in Iraq since the US led invasion in March 2003. While Saddam Hussein’s regime was quickly removed, many major obstacles still remained and securing peace proved to be a difficult task. Throughout 2004, insurgencies, bombings, and militias ravaged the country. Despite elections in 2005, the political climate remained tense and sectarian violence reached its climax with 100 civilians being killed each day.
In December 2006, President Bush announced a plan to increase troops, and by October the surge appeared to produce results. However with militias and widespread corruption, the future of the country looks uncertain.