Sadly, this type of violence is not rare. In the first six months of 2016, 2,735 Iraqi civilians have been killed by terrorists.

President Obama participates in a ceremony marking the return of the United States Forces-Iraq Colors.

Iraq war veteran-turned-actor J.R. Martinez, who was badly burned during his 2003 tour of duty, brought down the house on Monday's 'Dancing With The Stars' when he decided to dedicate their dance to the military men and women who didn’t come home and get a second chance.

At least 23 people were wounded in the attack, mostly from surrounding homes. The church's parish leader, Imad Yalda, was inside the church during the bombing and was also among the wounded.

// // From Arwa Damon, CNN// : The last U.S. brigade combat team in Iraq has left the country, a move that helps U.S. President Barack Obama reach his goal of 50,000 troops in the country by September 1. Their departure leaves about 56,000 U.S. troops in the country, according to the U.S. military. Capt. […]

// The video provides a rare, disturbing close-up of modern urban warfare at a time when violence was near its peak in Baghdad and the U.S. death toll was mounting. In this incident, soldiers flying attack helicopters were called in to assist ground troops who had been pinned down by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. […]