Iraq Transitions As U.S. Forces Withdraw After 8-Year Presence


Casts for prosthetics sit on shelves at the Factory of Prosthetic... News PhotoBaghdad,Conflict,Disability,Horizontal,Iraq,Iraq War 2003-2011,Prosthetic Equipment,Sitting,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 Getty ImagesBAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 13: Casts for prosthetics sit on shelves at the Factory of Prosthetic Limbs on December 13, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. Wounded Iraqis face a shortage of the outdated prosthetics due to a spike in war-related injuries in recent years. Iraq's health care system remains in shambles following two decades of war and economic sanctions. Following the 2003 U.S. invasion, thousands of physicians fled the country while others were killed. Some physicians have since returned but there is still a critical shortage of doctors. Iraq is transitioning nearly nine years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation. American forces are now in the midst of the final stage of withdrawal from the war-torn country. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel have died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)