It's easy to forget what's going on elsewhere as we embroil ourselves in stuff that touches our emotional lives closer to home. The Big Picture is an excellent photo-blog. These pictures aren't political. They show the good and the bad; the happy and the sad; progress and decline. We can't forget that our nation is intimately involved with the life and death of ordinary Iraqi people. That's truly the big picture.

Scenes from Iraq
September 3, 2008 Over five years since it began, the war in Iraq continues, but with some recent notable progress. On Monday this week, American forces formally returned responsibility for the security of Anbar Province, at one time, the center of the Sunni insurgency, to the Iraqi Army and police force. Violence in the region has decreased dramatically - attacks down by 90% over the past two years. The continuing relative peace and order in the region remains a fragile scenario, with many former insurgents now acting as police, or as gunmen allied with American-backed "Awakening Councils". Here are some scenes from around Iraq (and a couple from here in the U.S.) over the past several months. (28 photos total)

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