One the more shocking photographs to emerge from the current Iraq war was taken last year in a rural farm town in the American Midwest.

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The bride Renee Kline (21) is dressed in a traditional white gown and holds a bouquet of scarlet flowers. The groom,
TyZiegel (24) a former marine sergeant wears his dress uniform, decorated with combat medals, including a purple heart. Her expression is unsmiling, maybe grave.
Mr. Ziegel had been trapped in a heat melted the flesh from his face. (Photo 1)

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Sergeant Joseph Mosner (Photo 2), he has a severe facial scarring from a bomb explosion.

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Spc. Robert Acosta (Photo 3), a Californian who lost a hand in a grenade attacks in Iraq.

· The New York Times, Wednesday, August 22, 2007