A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division looks out at Samarra from an observation post in 2006. In the background stands a mosque minaret from the 9th Century, when Samarra was the seat of the Muslim empire.
A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division looks out at Samarra from an observation post in 2006. In the background stands a mosque minaret from the 9th Century, when Samarra was the seat of the Muslim empire. Tom Lasseter / MCT
A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division looks out at Samarra from an observation post in 2006. In the background stands a mosque minaret from the 9th Century, when Samarra was the seat of the Muslim empire. Tom Lasseter / MCT

Beyond the surge, an Iraqi city suffers

December 04, 2007 6:00 AM