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The Day Saddam’s Statue Fell

20 Aug

Iraqi Civil Status Identification Card or al-Bitaqat al-Shikhsiya I remember the day the day the statue of Saddam fell like it was yesterday. I was 25 years old at the time. When the marines came into the square, a huge crowd started to gather. There was a lot of cheering and shouting. Everyone was happy. We had welcomed in the US marines with open arms.

Me and a couple of my friends had decided to try to climb on top of the statue to get a better view of what was happening around us. When we reached the top of the concrete platform which the statue stood, a marine handed one of my friends a sturdy lenght of rope. My friend handed the rope to me and told me to wrap it around the statue.

People grabbed the rope and started pulling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tales of War from the Other Side

20 Aug

Iraqi Dinar, for those lacking ¬†scruples or brains?The Iraq war has affected millions of people. In the US, there are countless images of men returning home from this war with injuries and mental health issues that may take them years to recover from. Many men didn’t even make it out of Iraq, as they were fatally injured while serving their country. Many Iraqi citizens have gone through the same pain and trauma. Looking at this war from both sides is extremely important. Not only were American soldiers and their families affected deeply by the results of the US/Iraq war, there are millions of Iraqi people that have suffered devastating losses and unspeakable pain as well.

In order to learn more about the US/Iraq war from the side of an Iraqi, people may be interested in reading personal stories of some of the soldiers as well as local citizens that had to stand by while their country was at war. Read the rest of this entry »

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