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


Disabled orphan Rasha rests in the orphanage where she lives on... News PhotoBaghdad,Bestpix,Child,Conflict,Disability,Girls,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Iraq,Iraq War 2003-2011,Orphan,Orphanage,Resting,Sleeping,Topix,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 13: Disabled orphan Rasha, 2, rests in the orphanage where she lives on December 13, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. Rasha was abandoned at birth by her parents at the hospital. Iraq's health care system remains in shambles following two decades of war and economic sanctions. Following the 2003 U.S. invasion, thousands of physicians fled the country while others were killed. Some physicians have since returned but there is still a critical shortage of doctors. 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)