Samar Hassan, pictured above, was in the car when her parents were shot dead in the front seat and her brother's abdomen was torn apart by U.S. soldiers who had fired on the vehicle after it went through an American checkpoint. This 2005 picture was taken moments after the incident.
The soldiers' attitude about the incident at the time was "grim" but it was "just a day's work for them," said photographer Chris Hondros, who died covering the 2011 civil war in Libya. "I didn’t want them to realize what I suspected: that this would be an important set of pictures that would go out a lot," he continued. "I wasn’t saying, 'What’s your name? What’s his name? What happened here?' I was just trying to photograph, and I was just trying to stay in the background -- click-click quietly, didn’t say anything, didn’t offer up any opinion or anything."
The photograph entered the discussion at the highest levels at the Pentagon, the New York Times reported, as officials debated how to reduce civilian deaths in the conflict. But Hondros paid a price for the image: the military asked him to leave his embed assignment. Six years after the famous shot, the Times caught up with Samar, by then 12 years old, in Mosul, Iraq.
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