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November 9, 2008
Daily life in Iraq
While most people in the U.S. were focused on the election, life moved on in Iraq. There are about 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. A U.N. mandate authorizing the U.S. mission expires at the end of the year. Without a new security agreement, the U.S. would have to suspend operations. That would put heavy pressure on Iraq's still shaky military and police to battle insurgent groups solo. -- Associated Press
Here is a collection of pictures taken over the last couple months. (23 images)

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Eric Smith of Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, leaps from a ledge as he searches a former weapons research complex in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, on Monday, Sept. 22. Barely a year ago, Iskandariyah was a stronghold of Shiite and Sunni militants, and residents say sectarian violence was so ferocious that hardly anyone showed up for work at the city's industrial complex and streets emptied by early afternoon. AP / Maya Alleruzzo




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Two U.S. helicopters fly over Baghdad, Iraq, on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Bombs exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding 26 others Tuesday, police and hospital officials said. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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U.S. Army Sgt. Sean Smith, 25, from Gilbert, Ariz. patrols with K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Iraqi Army in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 2. AP / Maya Alleruzzo



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U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle Whalen, 22, from Plover, Wis., playfully taps his helmet with an Iraqi boy's donated toy football helmet during a visit to the boy's school in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Iraqi Army troops donated school supplies to children who attend the school. AP / Maya Alleruzzo



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Supporters of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn symbolic American flags as they demonstrate against the proposed security pact between Iraq and the U.S., in Baghdad's Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Iraq on Friday, Oct. 24. AP / Karim Kadim



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Sadrists hold a banner featuring the pictures of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr,right, and his brother Mohammed Baqir al Sadr, during a memorial rally to mark the 9th anniversary of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr's assassination, in the Shiite enclave of Sadr city, Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, Nov. 5. AP/ Karim Kadim



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A Iraqi Shiite woman passes in front of a picture of Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, a revered Shiite religious leader and father of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr during a demonstration against the proposed security pact between Iraq and the U.S., in Baghdad's Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Iraq on Friday, Nov. 7. AP / Karim Kadim



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An Iraqi Shiite man prays at the Imam Abbas Shrine in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, Nov. 6. AP / Ahmed al-Husseini



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Shiite Muslim women take part in Friday noon prayers at the Imam Musa al-Kadhim mosque in the Kadhimiya district of Baghdad on October 31. The White House yesterday charged that politics and posturing in Iraq were delaying a controversial US-Iraq security accord but said it remained "hopeful and confident" about the pact. AFP / Getty Images / Ali Yussef



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Neighbors take time for tea outside their homes in the al Fadhil area of Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 20. AP / Hadi Mizban



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People walk through the bustling Shorja open air market in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, Oct. 21. AP / Hadi Mizban



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Iraqi students enter Baghdad University, as an Iraqi soldier keeps watch, Sunday, Oct. 26. The decision by some women to shun the Islamic head cover, or hijab, is just one of the signs that Baghdad residents are growing increasingly confident in the past year's security gains. AP / Hadi Mizban



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People walk through the bustling Shorja open air market in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, Oct. 21. AP / Hadi Mizban



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-Iraqi men smoke shishas in a coffee shop in Sadr city under portraits of radical cleric Muqtada al Sadr, right, and his father Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, in Baghdad, Iraq, Oct . 20. AP / Karim Kadim



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An Iraqi family, seen, trying to clean up sewage that spilled into their courtyard due to a blocked drain in the city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 2. AP/ Alaa al-Marjani



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Toa Kadim, 21, carries mud to repair her house for the winter, in Abu Dshir district of Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Toa and her family were displaced from Latifiyah, Iraq, in 2006 after sectarian violence in the area forced them to relocate. Her husband is the only member of family of six who has a job, earning $11-per-day. AP / Loay Hameed



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Children play soccer in front of a wall pock marked from previous battles, in the al Fadhil area of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, Oct . 20. AP / Hadi Mizban



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An injured man is transported to Ibn al-Nafees hospital, after a bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, Nov. 3. Two bombs, one of them hidden in a trash can, exploded in a central Baghdad square Monday, killing six people and wounding 21 others, police said. AP / Khalid Mohammed



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An armed policeman stands guard as an Iraqi young girl look on, outside a hospital in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 2. AP / Karim Kadim



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U.S and Iraqi army soldiers secure the area at the scene were bombs exploded, in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Bombs exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 29 others Tuesday, police and hospital officials said. Violence has dropped in Iraq since the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces have gained the upper hand against insurgents, but scattered attacks still occur almost daily. AP / Hadi Mizban



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-U.S. Army Sgt. 1st. Class George Fitzke of Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, photographs a man's identification card during a search of his house in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad on Monday, Sept. 22. AP / Maya Alleruzzo



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U.S. Army Cpl. Sean Morton, 25, from Boston, Mass., left, assigned to Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrols in Mosul, Iraq on Friday, Oct. 24. AP / Maya Alleruzzo



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U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Kopecky, 24, from Manitowoc, Wis., left, phones home as a television broadcasts U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, 360 kilometers 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday, Nov. 5. AP / Maya Alleruzzo


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