Iraq Transitions As U.S. Forces Withdraw After 8-Year Presence


Disabled athlete Mustafa Muhammed stretches before practicing archery... News PhotoArchery,Athlete,Baghdad,Conflict,Geographical Locations,Iraq,Middle East,Paralympic Games,Physical Injury,Practicing,Social Issues,Stretching,Vertical,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 11: Disabled athlete Mustafa Muhammed stretches before practicing archery as he trains for the Paralympic team at the Al Thura Sports Handicapped Club located in the Al Thura Disabled Veteran’s Community on December 11, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. Muhammed lost part of his leg in an American mortar attack which killed his wife and three children. Iraq is transitioning nearly nine years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation. American forces are now in the midst of the final stage of withdrawal from the war-torn country. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel have died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)