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Editor's note: Reporter Hal Bernton and photographer Thomas James Hurst are spending a month in Iraq, reporting on the U.S. military campaign as well as the lives of Iraqi civilians. Today's photos are from an air base north of Baghdad.
Grim struggle to save lives inside ragged Baghdad ER
"We need more of everything," says one doctor. "But the most important thing we need here is humanity."

 
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Inside Iraq
Inside Iraq Tension tests Stryker troops
Amid shadowy, hit-and-run combat of Iraq, split-second decisions by individual soldiers matter as much as Fort Lewis brigade's technology.


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Inside Iraq Engineers' mission: detect and disarm
The explosion comes at midmorning, a dull boom that reverberates through the fog that hangs over this small U.S. Army base.


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Inside Iraq On patrol in Ad Dujayl A day with Washington State National Guard's Bravo Company 14th Engineer Battalion in the town of Ad Dujal.

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Inside Iraq BALAD, Iraq Rushing across central Iraq in a low-flying Chinook helicopter, Sgt. Rachel Green perches at the edge of an open tail ramp, a finger near the trigger of her M-60 machine gun. ...

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Inside Iraq BALAD, Iraq As the sun rose like a bright red orb over the concrete bunkers of this vanquished Iraqi air base, Maj. Grant Haugen strode to the end of a vast runway speckled with U.S. Army Chinook helicopters. ...

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 TALK TO US
After a month in Iraq, reporter Hal Bernton returned to Seattle and answered questions in a live Q & A.
  Read the questions and answers

 BLOG: IRAQ DISPATCHES
"Im learning about bureaucracy in post-war Iraq. People work but perhaps not as hard as they once did. At least not at the Ministry of Health."
— Hal Bernton
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 MAPS & GRAPHICS
Chinook helicopter
Chinook helicopter
Learn more about the chopper used by the Washington Army Reserve Chinook helicopter unit.

Stryker
Stryker armored vehicles
Learn more about the Stryker armored vehicles used by the Stryker Brigade of Fort Lewis

Baghdad
Map of Baghdad showing the U.S.-controlled Green Zone
Chinook helicopter

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