In pictures: 'My Iraq adventure'

Cash payments

Pay day for a leader of a local Awakening council - one of the groups of tribesmen and former insurgents who joined forces with the US to fight al-Qaeda.

The US soldiers arranged to meet the sheikh at a checkpoint on a road outside Balad. Responsibility for payments is being transferred to the Iraqi government.

"I do wonder what will happen to all this relative calm if the money goes away. I don't think the peace is built on firm ground".

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