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Life in Iraq can be both rewarding and trying. These photographs depict what life is like for U.S. troops and Iraqis serving and living in the war-torn country:

A Marine readies to man a gun turret for an early morning convoy in Husaybah.

An Iraqi army soldier finds a moment for a shave between operations in Husaybah.

A Marine with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment enjoys a smoke at the close of a six-day operation sweeping through the border city of Husaybah.

An Iraqi army soldier peers out from behind a wall during operations in Karmah.

A Marine with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment heads in for the evening after a six-day operation sweeping through the Syrian border city of Husaybah.

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