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Why 70-year-old Iwo Jima photo became iconic

By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Updated 10:31 PM ET, Sun February 22, 2015

(CNN)Seventy years ago, on February 23, two American flags were planted on the peak of Mount Suribachi, located on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Coming five days into one of the most ferocious battles of World War II, the first flag-raising, by a group of United States Marines, was emotional, and a Marine photographer captured it.

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