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Friday, August 31, 2012
A photo of Alex and Brian Arredondo. (Courtesy of the Arredondo Family)

You could say that a Massachusetts father, Carlos Arredondo, lost two sons to the war in Iraq. His son Alexander was killed there in 2004 and last year his son Brian, who fell into depression after his brother died, killed himself.

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Friday, March 9, 2012
Retired Gen. David Phillips. (Photo Courtesy of Department of Defense)

Thousands of Iranians bent on overthrowing the current Iranian regime are being held in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad. A retired Army General says the U.S. had promised to protect them. But since Iraqis assumed control of the camp, dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

This month marked the end to U.S. operations in Iraq. But some Iraqis say the war isn’t over for them. Today we get the view of the war from two Iraqis living in the U.S.

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Friday, December 23, 2011
Lincoln resident Tami Nordman and her children James, Jr. and Hope are hugged by Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. James Nordman after returning home with members of his unit, Company C, 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion, at the National Guard air base in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday morning, November 19, 2011. Ninety members of the unit arrived home to be greeted by hundreds of family members and friends after a nearly year-long mission to Iraq. (FRANCIS GARDLER / Lincoln Journal Star)

For the first time in three years, the Nordman family is spending Christmas all together after Sgt. Jim Nordman returned home from Iraq in November.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mother Debbie Newhouse’s son Nick was killed in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005. She writes that she has mixed feelings about the end of the war.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Poet Brian Turner. (Kimberly Buchheit)

Poet and veteran Brian Turner recently went back to Baghdad and met with Iraqi artists, who he says “see the guns and the tanks… come and they’re wondering where is another part of the conversation, a dialogue in art.”

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Iraqi security forces and people gather the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday. (AP)

At least 14 coordinated bombings have struck neighborhoods around Baghdad. The bombings come just days after the last American troops left the country.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Brian and Alma Hart, (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

About a week before he was killed in Iraq, Pfc. John Hart called his parents and said he was concerned because soldiers didn’t have enough protection. His parents’ efforts to help came too late for John, but have saved the lives of others.

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Monday, December 19, 2011
Staff Sergeant Prince House from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division rides in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle on the way to cross the Kuwaiti border as part of the last U.S. military convoy to leave Iraq Sunday. (AP)

As part of our series of conversations about the end of the war in Iraq, we hear from an Army veteran and longtime critic of the Iraq War, whose son was killed in the war.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
US Army soldiers salute during ceremonies marking the end of US military mission in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday. (AP)

As the Iraq War ends, The New York Times probes one of the darkest days of the war, the massacre by U.S. Marines of two dozen Iraqis in Haditha in 2005.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Iraqi flags wave as U.S. soldiers leave Al Faw palace at Camp Victory, one of the last American bases in this country where the U.S.military footprint is swiftly shrinking, after a special ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 1. (AP)

Seth Moulton served four tours in Iraq and he writes, “For all of us who fought so hard… it is hard to see America give up.”

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Thursday, December 15, 2011
A soldier with A Company 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Infantry Division, walks through the desert near Karbala in central Iraq in 2003. (AP)

As the Iraq War comes to a close, what do you think our legacy there will be?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Members of the 101st Airborne Division march in Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP)

Reporter Greg Jaffe recently visited Fort Hood in Texas. “These places are almost like little gated cities,” he says.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flies over the city of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year, and there’s a wide range of opinions within the country about whether that’s a good idea.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

President Barack Obama announced Friday that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

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Monday, October 10, 2011
U.S. soldiers attend during a transfer of authority ceremony from Task Force Red Horse to Task Force Maverick at the U.S. base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan in July. Task Force Red Horse is among two Cavalry regiments with the Iowa National Guard. (AP)

The National Guard helps out with disaster response in the U.S., but they also see combat– almost half of the U.S. fighting force in Iraq and Afghanistan is National Guard, and they’ve historically been involved in wars.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
U.S. Marines help a wounded comrade onto a Black Hawk helicopter, left, during a medevac mission by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne's Task Force Pegasus, in 2010. (AP)

A new account says fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could eventually cost $4 trillion. Economists say that money could have created more jobs if spent on education, health care or infrastructure.

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a suicide car bomber plowed his vehicle into a checkpoint outside a police building just outside the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. (AP)

A new wave of violence ripped through Iraq today, killing nearly 60 people. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction says Iraq is more dangerous today than it was a year ago.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP)

American citizens don’t lose their Constitutional rights just because there’s a war on according to rulings by federal judges in cases against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
On a bridge over the Tigris a man feeds gulls at dawn as water taxis await the morning's first passengers. (Lynsey Addario/National Geographic, from the July 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands June 28.)

The last time Brian Turner was in Iraq he was part of the U.S. military mission to topple Saddam Hussein. In December of last year, Turner, who has become an award-winning poet in his post-military days, went back to Bagdhad.

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