Iraq 2010

Iraq 2010
Caption: Iraq, Al Dhulouya sunny Triangle

“I had to protect my faith” “I was angry about the U.S. invasion. I didn’t care about Saddam Hussein, but I was angry because there was a war going on against my religion. I had to protect my faith. I saw no other option than to take up arms. We were five of us. My older brother Abdullah was the leader of our group. We started collecting weapons and attacked U.S. convoys. For example, we would throw hand grenades at convoys. It was difficult, because I was still studying and had to skip many classes. We were an independent group, with just one purpose: to raise the Islamic flag. But then we saw how Al Qaeda began to kill more and more innocent civilians; teachers, imams. On August 31, 2007 my brother went with the Sunni militias to attack members of Al Qaeda in a house. He went up front. He walked up the stairs. Above was a man ready to blow himself up. My brother threw himself on him, to protect the other members of his team. He and the man were both killed. Then I decided to fight Qaeda. Qaeda here caused many problems. In this village, with just sixty houses, 22 people were killed. But the fight is over now. I try to get an ordinary job. It’s difficult. Yesterday my cousins went to Kirkuk, but nobody wants to hire us.”
Credit: Eddy van Wessel

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