Photographer's Note

As unexpected as the unscheduled early return of power to the Iraqi government, so was the dismantling of the security barrier leading the way to the hotel.

Here, a small portion of a much larger group (off screen to the right) of Iraqi citizens interact with members of an Oregon National Guard unit attached to the 1st Cavalry.

Behind them, the object of attention, a barrier that was lined with razor wire is being methodically disassembled and removed. For those that would say this turnover is a symbolic gesture, I'm here to tell you, it's real and it's happening right now!

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