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Blasted concrete pillars jutted out from many buildings, with their severed rebar sticking out like brittle pasta. Power lines formed enormous bird nests of tangled wires at the top of the remaining power poles. Most structures in the city had clear evidence of being shot at by the various combatants: the black pockmarks of the bullets, the craters and spiral markings of shrapnel from rocket-propelled grenades, and the gaping holes made by tank rounds. Where aircraft had dropped bombs, there was merely a pancaked building.

We received them on their return and helped them re-establish a police headquarters in the mayor’s compound in the center of the city. We shepherded them through their initial steps of rebuilding the police department, and when they went out on their first patrols, it was eye-opening to watch the reaction of the people of Fallujah as their sons started the process of taking back the streets. The people were so excited that they were throwing candy at police patrols and asking them to come into their houses for tea and meals.

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