Iraq, 2006. A soldier rides a donkey in Nineveh, Iraq. The wary inhabitants of the isolated village had never seen an American patrol, and asked what country they were from. They served sugary tea to the soldiers but otherwise interacted sparingly. The troops took turns riding the donkey and posed for pictures holding lambs. In the Bible, Nineveh is described as a wicked city. God sent the prophet Jonah to preach there, and its inhabitants repented. God decided to spare the city. Photograph by Peter van Agtmael/Magnum. More, “Peter van Agtmael Receives the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography,” TIME Light Box blog (October 17, 2012).