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On Assignment in Iraq
My introduction to Iraq and the Iraqi Diaspora was in 2001 when I photographed the Kurdish regions in the North. Since then, I've worked throughout the country, and for the last couple of tours, I have been on contract for The New York Times.

This spring I joined Times reporter Edward Wong in Karbala, about 50 miles south of Baghdad, for a month-long embedded mission with the First Armored Division. It was during the uprising led by firebrand cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr and through the handover of Iraq to the new government there.

The work that I made during this operation is about the soldier—the every day dangers they face, the emotional and physical toll of their work and the acts of bravery and camaraderie in the ranks. Regardless of the soldiers' position on the occupation or US foreign policy, they are still obliged to go out every day and put their lives on the line to defend it.
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