Baghdad, Iraq - Republic of
U.S. MARINES TAKE POSITION AROUND A MONUMENT IN BAGHDAD.
U.S. Marines from Lima Company, a part of the 7th Marine Regiment,
search the urban area around the Martyrs Monument, one of the symbols
of the Iraqi capital Baghdad April 9, 2003. A senior U.S. commander
said on Wednesday that U.S. forces had secured the centre of Baghdad
and said the combat phase of the Iraqi war would end in a few days'
time, at least in the capital and in southern Iraq. Earlier, U.S.
soldiers pulled down a huge statue of Saddam in central Baghdad and
ecstatic Iraqis danced on it in contempt for the man who ruled them
with an iron grip for 24 years in scenes that recalled the fall of the
Berlin Wall in 1989. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic