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Michael Abrams ©Stars and StripesIraq, May, 2003: Maj. Robert Gowan, public affairs officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, displays the 999 bars of gold on the bed of a truck that was stopped by soldiers of the 173rd at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kirkuk.

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