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IRAQ: Baghdad celebrations over U.S. withdrawal from cities

June 30, 2009 |  4:00 pm

Photos by Times photographer Saad Khalaf show scenes of revelry around Baghdad for June 30, the date  for U.S. forces to leave Iraqi population centers. Policemen decorated their cars with ribbons Tuesday, and had a public party Monday, where the police danced and musicians played.

Celebration 4 

Celebration 2