After over eight years of occupation, the US military is leaving Iraq. As thousands of troops leave the bases and palaces they occupied, Iraqis are attempting to redefine their country and take stock of what is being left behind.

 

Camp Bucca, once Iraq’s largest detainee facility, is now a hotel for oil executives. Abu Ghraib, the most notorious prison, is in the hands of the Iraqi military. Car bombs remain a regular occurrence. The Iraqi military has new tanks. And the US military is going home.

[November 2011]

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