Friday Photo: Iraqi Chess Championship

  BAGHDAD, IRAQ, AUGUST 6: Iraqi chess players compete during the Iraq chess championship on August 6, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi chess players from all over Iraq competed for the second day in a row to win the Iraqi Chess Championship held in Baghdad as the security situation continues to improve in the capital. ...

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BAGHDAD, IRAQ, AUGUST 6: Iraqi chess players compete during the Iraq chess championship on August 6, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi chess players from all over Iraq competed for the second day in a row to win the Iraqi Chess Championship held in Baghdad as the security situation continues to improve in the capital. Iraqi government announced on August 5, that it intends to remove within 40 days the blast walls erected by the U.S. military in Baghdad.

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<p> Michael Wilkerson, a journalist and former Fulbright researcher in Uganda, is a graduate student in politics at Oxford University, where he is a Marshall Scholar. </p>

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