Okay, after that Kenya intensity, I was drawn to the relief of this image. We get responses about images like this, that they're either too P.R.-y, or that we should show them more often to show the good in Iraq, but motives aside, I could feel this little girl's smile, which seems genuine to me, and that was refreshing. While this is by far not representative of what we see out of Iraq, sometimes we editors just want to look at something fun. I guess it's all about balance.
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A US soldier from the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, plays with a young girl during a patrol in Baghdad, 13 January 2008.