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


Mustafa Ahmed who was wounded by an American bomb during the 2003... News PhotoBaghdad,Bomb,Boys,Child,Conflict,Disability,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Iraq,New,Prosthetic Equipment,USA,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 13: Mustafa Ahmed, 11, who was wounded by an American bomb during the 2003 U.S. invasion, is fitted for a new prosthetic lower leg at the Hospital for Physiotherapy on December 13, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. 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)