September 3, 2010

News from the Front: 09/03/2010 - Iraq

Iraqi Military Adjusts to U.S. Support, Minus Combat Troops - The poster behind the Iraqi general’s desk was of an M1 Abrams battle tank. When his cellphone rang, it played the theme song from the Clint Eastwood movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” (READ MORE)

Martyrs in the Valley of Peace - In the Cemetery of the Martyrs of the Army of the Imam Mahdi, death is not mourned. There is no grief or lamentation, save the reading of the Koran that plays from scratchy speakers. (READ MORE)

Iraqis’ Reactions to President Obama’s Speech - In Mosul, a city dominated by Sunni Arabs that served as Saddam Hussein’s northern command post and a place to launch operations against the nearby Kurds, many people told our Iraqi correspondent that they did not even know about the speech. (READ MORE)

An Iraqi Woman’s Change of Address and New Life - Last February, I watched Noor, the 5-year-old daughter of my Iraqi friend and former colleague Anwar, ride the bug carousel at the Bronx Zoo. (READ MORE)

Defining Freedom in Baghdad - The conversation that resonates the most in all my visits to Iraq since 2001 is one that happened in January 2004, just after the capture of Saddam Hussein but before Falluja and Abu Ghraib. (READ MORE)

Everybody’s War - Last night I listened to President Obama announce the end of the American combat mission in Iraq. As he spoke about his hopes for an independent, safe Iraq, I found myself recalling the war itself. (READ MORE)

After Iraq war, uncertainty and seemingly mixed messages - As President Obama declared Tuesday that it was "time to turn the page" in Iraq, Mahmoud Othman - tuning in to the Oval Office address here at 3 a.m. - listened in shock. (READ MORE)

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