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BAGHDAD IRAQ 13 AUGUST 2010:  Firdos Square  is a public open space in Baghdad, Iraq. It is the location of two of the best-known hotels, the Palestine Hotel and the Sheraton Ishtar, which are both also the tallest buildings in Baghdad..The square was the site of the statue of Saddam Hussein that was pulled down by US forces in a widely-televised event during the Iraq War in 2003. A green, abstract sculpture by Bassem Hamad al-Dawiri now stands on the site of the former statue.Iraq is preparing after US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in the country by 31 August..Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.The remaining 50,000 troops will stay in the country in order to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide civilians with ongoing security, said Mr Obama..An agreement negotiated with the Iraqis in 2008 states that these troops must be gone from the country by the end of next year. pic Graham Crouch
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