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U.S. troops pull out, leaving behind uncertain Iraq

Final U.S. combat troops leave Iraq

Posted On: 8:55 p.m. | December 17, 2011

When U.S. forces poured across this border the night of March 20, 2003, many were convinced of a swift and certain victory. The two nations knew one another only as caricatures. Their relationship was built on suspicion and mistrust. Now, as U.S. forces cross the same border as they exit Iraq, many of those same suspicions remain, and the ultimate achievements of the U.S. adventure in Iraq... View Post»

The Iraq war | A retrospective

The Iraq war | A retrospective

Posted On: 7:38 p.m. | December 17, 2011

Dec. 15, 2011 marked the official end of the Iraq war and the end of an era with the withdrawal of all remaining U.S. combat troops from the country and their return home. Precipitated by President George W. Bush and his administration's belief that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, the war spanned almost nine years. It cost the U.S. $1 trillion and resulted in... View Post»

Iraq, then and now

Iraq war: Scenes in Baghdad, then and now

Posted On: 12:24 p.m. | December 17, 2011

Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole covered the war in Iraq from Baghdad before, during and after the first bombs were dropped. Recently Cole returned to Iraq to cover the U.S. military withdrawal and revisited the scenes of several of her earlier photographs to document the changes. Here are some of the images. View Post»

Slab City
  • Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Slab City

Posted On: 7:00 a.m. | December 17, 2011

A desert squatters camp in the Imperial Valley, has become its own community and, with the nation mired in recession, is more popular than ever. View Post»

The Week in Pictures | Dec. 12-18, 2011
  • Shakil Adil / Associated Press

The Week in Pictures | Dec. 12-18, 2011

Posted On: 5:22 p.m. | December 16, 2011

In this roundup of the Week in Pictures: former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appeared in court, a gunman wielding grenades killed several people including himself in Liege Belgium, Indonesian police detained 65 punk rockers and shaved their heads, U.S. troops held a ceremony signifying and end to their presence in Iraq, and more. View Post»

Pictures in the News | December 16, 2011
  • RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP / Getty Images

Pictures in the News | December 16, 2011

Posted On: 10:11 a.m. | December 16, 2011

Pictures in the News fromaround the world. View Post»

Indonesian 'punks' get their heads shaved by police
  • Hotli Simanjuntak / EPA

Indonesian ‘punks’ get their heads shaved by police

Posted On: 9:25 a.m. | December 16, 2011

Police in Indonesia's most conservative province raided a punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived threat to Islamic values. View Post»

Material girl: Madonna

Material girl: Madonna

Posted On: 12:19 a.m. | December 16, 2011

Madonna performs for 19,000 fans at Costa Mesa's Pacific Amphitheater. View Post»


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