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January 2009

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U.S. Army soldiers find a real monkey in a trunk while conducting Operation Trunk Monkey in Baghdad's Adhamiyah district, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company A, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zachary Mott



U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. Southern Command, center, and U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, left, talk with reporters after visiting with President Jose Zelaya Rosales in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan. 29, 2009. DoD photo by Donna Miles



An Iraqi Army colonel raises his right hand outside of the Zafraniyah polling site to show his purple index finger, a sign he voted during the “special” voting day of the provincial elections in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 28, 2009. The vote took place before the general provincial election, scheduled for Jan. 31, to accommodate Iraqi Security Forces, detainees, hospital patients and other special needs cases. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Douglas York



Iraqi National Police officers show their purple index fingers as proof of having voted outside the Abu Ghraib Boys High School, Jan. 28, 2009. Iraqi Security Forces, detainees, hospital patients and other special needs cases were given the opportunity to vote three days before the general population in the provincial elections, scheduled for Jan. 31. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brock Jones



U.S. Army Capt. Scott Coleman re-enlists Cpl. Antwuann Goodson on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 25, 2009. Coleman is commander for the 4th Infantry Division's Headquarters Support Company, 404th Aviation Support Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, and Goodson is a supply specialist assigned to the support command. He re-enlisted for five years, a duty assignment in Hawaii and a $9,500 bonus, which puts the support battalion at more than $1 million in re-enlistment bonuses for fiscal year 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt



U.S. Army soldiers tour Saint Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2009. Saint Elijah's, a complex of buildings dating back to the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano



Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell speaks with members of the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen



U.S. Army soldiers hand out wristbands to children in the Hayaniyah district of Basra, Iraq, Jan. 20, 2009. The soldiers are assigned to 793rd Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade. The wristband message is: "Security and peace bring prosperity, report crime to 115/130." U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andre N. McIntyre

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