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


Orphaned sisters Lubna, Nabaa, Doha and Suha Qais stand in the... News PhotoBaghdad,Conflict,Doha,Females,Horizontal,Iraq,Middle East,Orphan,Orphanage,Persian Gulf Countries,Sister,Social Issues,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 12: Orphaned sisters (L to R) Lubna, Nabaa, Doha and Suha Qais stand in the orphanage where they now live on December 12, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. The sisters were orphaned when their parents were kidnapped and killed during post-invasion sectarian violence in Baqouba. Estimates suggest there may be more than one million orphans currently in the country, with many having lost parents to war-related violence. 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)