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


Disabled athlete Rana Alawi prepares to practice archery while... News PhotoArchery,Athlete,Baghdad,Conflict,Geographical Locations,Horizontal,Iraq,Middle East,Paralympic Games,Physical Injury,Practicing,Preparation,Social Issues,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 11: Disabled athlete Rana Alawi prepares to practice archery while training 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. Alawi has been disabled since the age of seven when she received a faulty injectionIraq's health care system remains in shambles following two decades of war and economic sanctions. 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)