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Ramadi: A Lighter Touch

PEACEFUL MISSION: Capt. Max Barela talks with residents as part of a counterinsurgency census operation in Ramadi, Iraq. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
Locals are held at Imam’s house as PFC Boyd Charles of Lima Co. 3/8 Marines guards them as they wait to be questioned after the Marines and Iraqi Police conducted a raid at Suphi Al Hetie Mosque in downtown Ramadi, looking for insurgents. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
July 8, 2006 Ramadi, Iraq. CPT Max Barela of Lima Co. 3/8 Marines, center, talks with locals during census operation in downtown Ramadi to keep on truck of residents information and their needs. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
July 8, 2006 Ramadi, Iraq. Marines of Lima Co. 3/8 Marines checks abandon building in downtown Ramadi after receiving a report of suspicious activity in the building. Nothing significant was found. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
July 7, 2006 Ramadi, Iraq. A local man is questioned by an Iraqi Police after the Marines and Iraqi Police conducted a raid at Suphi Al Hetie Mosque in downtown Ramadi, looking for insurgents. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
July 8, 2006 Ramadi, Iraq. Marines of Lima Co. 3/8 Marines checks abandon building in downtown Ramadi after receiving a report of suspicious activity in the building. Nothing significant was found. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
July 7, 2006 Ramadi, Iraq. Locals are held at Imam’s house as PFC Boyd Charles of Lima Co. 3/8 Marines guards them as they wait to be questioned after the Marines and Iraqi Police conducted a raid at Suphi Al Hetie Mosque in downtown Ramadi, looking for insurgents. (Kuni Takahashi / Chicago Tribune)
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