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At ground level in Iraq

L. Paul Bremer, at the time the U.S. administrator in Iraq, center, walks with then-Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, left, past a defaced mural of Saddam Hussein on their way to visit a police station in Mosul, Iraq. Petraeus, who once headed U.S. forces in Iraq, has been nominated by President Obama to take over as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.Roberto Schmidt / Pool