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On April 9, 2003, U.S. forces and Iraqis pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdous Square, as seen in an Associated Press photograph taken by Jerome Delay. Today, the pedestal in central Baghdad stands empty.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

Today, the crossed-sword archways that Saddam Hussein commissioned during Iraq’'s nearly eight-year war with Iran still stand on a little-used parade ground inside the Green Zone. In an Associated Press photograph taken by Karim Kadim on Nov. 16, 2008, U.S. soldiers populated the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

Iraqi policeman Ahmed Naji stands on the grounds of the Iraqi National Museum, where on May 6, 2003, Murad Sezer took a photograph for the Associated Press showing a U.S. Army tank parked outside the repository.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

These days, shoppers are on the move in Baghdad's Karrada district. But on Sept. 29, 2008, the scene -- as shown in an Associated Press photo taken by Hadi Mizban -- was much different: a bomb had exploded, killing 22 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

Ten years ago, in a photograph taken by Maya Alleruzzo, Iraqi orphans play soccer with a U.S. soldier from the Third Infantry Division. Now the park is a popular destination for families.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

This is Abu Nawas Street. In April 2003, Maya Alleruzzo took this picture of an Iraqi orphan. Today, the park that runs along Abu Nawas Street, named for an Arabic poet, is a popular destination for families.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

The Baghdad Zoo was wrecked during the U.S.-led invasion; the staff fled and looters gutted the zoo and the park surrounding it. Only a handful of animals survived, and later the grounds were used as a holding facility for looters detained by U.S. soldiers. The zoo reopened in July 2003 -- as shown in the snapshot by Niko Price of the Associated Press -- after being rehabilitated under the care of U.S. Army Capt. William Sumner and South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony. Today, it houses more than 1,000 animals and is frequented by families and children, including Abdullah, 8.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

Motorists fill the main street in the busy shopping district of Karrada, the site of an Associated Press photo taken by Hadi Mizban on March 7, 2008 after a bombing killed 53 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

Iraqi photographer Raad Mohammed poses with a June 2006 photograph taken for the Associated Press by Khalid Mohammed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Back then, vehicles were banned in the area in an effort to prevent suicide car bombs. Today, the square is the site of anti-government protests and is a place for candidates to display their campaign posters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press

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To mark the 10-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, Associated Press photographer Maya Alleruzzo returned to Baghdad with printed photographs that she and colleagues had taken.

Alleruzzo wrote this about the project:

We went through the archive to look for iconic photos of landmarks in Iraq taken after the invasion. This was a long process: we have so many amazing images. In addition, the images needed to be telling, but still give us room to show what had changed. There are a lot of places throughout the country I would have liked to visit, but we decided to focus on Baghdad.

Many places I wanted to photograph were in areas that were off-limits for security reasons — either the area was not safe for me to visit or it was a secured site. On the day that I photographed the crossed swords monument, we got stuck in traffic and took a detour. We missed a coordinated car bomb attack on the Justice Ministry that killed two dozen people that day.

I held two of the photos, but I liked it better when I had an Iraqi in the frame. In some cases, we recruited Iraqi passersby and an Iraqi policeman. In other cases, the hands holding the pictures are my colleagues who accompanied me on the shoot. We really collaborated on these pictures — sometimes the image took up too much of the frame and my colleague would make a suggestion for how to crop the image to show more of the environment. These moments when we solved problems together were great. I’d been away for two years and working with them again in this way was the best part of this project.

Alleruzzo is an Associated Press photo editor based in Cairo. She had worked in the Baghdad bureau from 2007 to 2011 as the embedded photographer and has worked for the Washington Times. She has made several trips to Iraq beginning with the invasion.

Photos and video from Iraq by Times staff photographers:

Marlboro Marine: A Marine, weary from battle, lights a cigarette and becomes an icon of the Iraq war

Goodbye, Babylon: A Times photographer reflects on end of Iraq war

Final U.S. combat troops leave Iraq

Scenes in Baghdad, then and now

Last combat brigade leaves Iraq

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