Sema Swadee, 14, peeks from a room in her family home in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, April 5, 2003. She stopped going to school to work at a bakery to help support her family. Now, she is dreaming of going back to school. Her family feared Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ruling Baath Party and the terror his militants doled out. But when they see the U.S. troops roam the streets of their city, they say it is almost too good to be true, and they hope the Americans will stay. (John Partipilo/The Tennessean)

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