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Thursday, June 16, 2011

War is personal

War is one one of those things that have always been around, but we often forget about the people that participate in the actual field of war. They become faceless, hidden behind the mask of war. In this reportage, the faces of those who are affected by war are revealed. They suffer alongside their families. These are American soldiers that fought in Iraq. At the beginning of 2006 the war in Iraq was about to enter its fourth year.

There was sanctioned torture, deteriorating rules of law, tens of thousands of injured and dead in Iraq, more than 2,000 dead American soldiers, a rising suicide rate among American military personnel, scandals involving private contractors in Iraq and deteriorating conditions inside US military hospitals.

All the while the media coolly debated what were to be considered legal or illegal killings in Iraq, what the conflict was costing America in image, what the war was costing the president in his popularity ratings. Power and money are so often the cause of war. People become so disposable, used as pawns in a political game.

Photos by Eugene Richards: War is personal

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