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Iraqis refugees at the Bellagio Banquet Hall celebrating Akitu, the Chaldean - Assyrian New Year. Conflict and human tragedy have defined the shared history of the United States and Iraq in recent decades. This violent and painful history has brought to America tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees whose scars, experiences, enterprise, traditions and culture are now becoming integral parts of the American landscape. Sterling Heights, MI, USA. 12/04/2013.