2004 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

Stefan Zaklin

European Pressphoto Agency

30 October, 2003

A man in Tikrit, Iraq, detained by US soldiers kneels in his yard before being taken away for questioning. American forces had conducted a pre-dawn raid that targeted men suspected of planning and carrying out attacks on coalition forces. Although the army had moved quickly on Baghdad earlier in the year, encountering scant resistance - by October soldiers were finding it increasingly difficult to keep order, and dozens had been killed in bombings carried out by insurgents. By the end of the year more US soldiers had died as a result of guerilla activity than in the initial phase of the conflict, and the US-backed Interim Governing Council (IGC) unveiled plans for an accelerated transfer to Iraqi control.

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Stefan Zaklin

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