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Witness on America's invasion of Iraq : amer alkubaisi كتاب عامر الكبيسي ' الشاهد ' بالانكليزي

الكاتب: عامر الكبيسى

2013-10-21
حجم الخط
 
1-I saw Saddam who was only 400m away shooting over people’s heads. He seemed like a creature from another planet. #Iraq_invasion
 
2- As I attended the civilian military parade before the war I watched as 1000s formed military and civilian battalions #Iraq_invasion 
 
3- Before reaching the celebration square in Baghdad, hundreds would be put in long buses previously used to transport food #Iraq_invasion
 
4- University students were not told that Saddam would be there. We thought we were going for weapons training and military marches #Iraq_invasion
 
5-Before reaching the square, our rifles were inspected and their needles removed rendering them useless #Iraq_invasion
 
6- Many decrepit tanks broke down on the streets. Military helicopters flew over our heads #Iraq_invasion
 
7- We were told helicopters &tanks had security and intelligence officers 2ensure Saddam’s safety. He remained calm and collected #Iraq_invasion
 
8- The 10-hour live broadcast passed without incident. A success enjoyed by Iraqis abroad but those inside saw it differently #Iraq_invasion
 
9-The parade confirmed the decrepitude of our weapons and that we were not free #Iraq_invasion
 
10- They  locked us inside campus and wrote our names  down when we left #Iraq_invasion.
 
11-Baathists & the students’ union linked with Uday Saddam noted down our names. We thought our absence would lead to persecution #Iraq_invasion
 
12-Our dean stood outside and would not allow students to leave except for female students and those with a medical excuse #Iraq_invasion
 
13-Days b4 the war I met someone very close to Saddam. He had just met him and had his photograph taken with him #Iraq_invasion
 
14-The secretary had told him that Saddam agreed only to group photos because his eyes can no longer tolerate the camera flash #Iraq_invasion
 
15-He made an exception and had his photo taken with this person because he was very dear to him #Iraq_invasion
 
16-The photo was stunning and important for me. It was the first time I see the old wrinkled Saddam#Iraq_invasion
 
17-A photo is different from TV. Saddam’s eyes were tired. I won’t reveal the man’s name but he was clever & wonderful #Iraq_invasion
 
18-He said times were hard. I asked about our preparations and the chemical weapons Saddam was going to kill the Americans with#Iraq_invasion 
 
19- He said that the United Nations had reduced us to nothing #Iraq_invasion
 
20-We were close because he lived nearby. We used to discuss all sorts of things he could not find someone to discuss them with#Iraq_invasion.
 
21-Baathists launched a fierce campaign to find out who frequented mosques and watch out for any gatherings there#Iraq_invasion
 
21-I had friends who were summoned by Baath groups & forced to pledge they’d never support ‘wahhabis’ or gather after prayer#Iraq_invasion
 
22-Iraqis knew history has chosen Baghdad 2 be once again a meeting point for US imperial interests & other horrifying projects#Iraq_invasion
 
23-Locals and internationals fluctuated between support and opposition to the US but they all meant we were in big trouble#Iraq_invasion
 
24-Iraqis esp. in Baghdad suffered a lot and  became a testing ground for the world to test its political theories and weapons#Iraq_invasion
 
25-All eyes were on Baghdad facing uncertain future. What was to come was a fraction of what we had imagined would happen#Iraq_invasion
 
26-In Baghdad there are intellectuals, parents, imams and tired labourers worried about where things were headed#Iraq_invasion
 
27- As for women and mothers, the plan was to leave Baghdad ASAP if a war breaks out, a step that’s require money and preparation#Iraq_invasion
 
28- Women were busy preparing for their families’ departure. They’d take only what was dear and light plus food and medicine#Iraq_invasion
 
29- Fathers are worried about their families. We exchange our concerns. Everywhere I look, there is anxiety#Iraq_invasion
 
30-In mosques, hands are raised in prayer and supplication. There is wide-spread fear of the unknown. What are we to do? #Iraq_invasion
 
31-All families are in crisis. What will become of the children, the women, esp young women. What a disaster#Iraq_invasion
 
32- We are scared the poor might attack middle-class areas or that subversive elements might wreak havoc. We must be well-prepared#Iraq_invasion
 
33-We’re worried the US army might turn out to be like Hulagu Khan’s army. No one knows. Life is hard. Death might be easier#Iraq_invasion
 
34-A question as big as our religion and country is on our minds. It reveals itself in arguments  with relatives & friends#Iraq_invasion
 
35- The question they try to hide from the police; who will fight the US? What is our religious & moral duty towards our country#Iraq_invasion
 
36-The question is caught up in another psychological dilemma: will we fight with Saddam & the Baath? Will there be other options#Iraq_invasion
 
37-Some reply heatedly that Jihan has been declared against the invaders. A real but endless discussion#Iraq_invasion
 
38-I know many, both sunnis and Shiites, believe the war is inevitable and we should not support Saddam who does not represent us#Iraq_invasion
 
39-We all know that Saddam is very popular among Arabs outside Iraq but we the Iraqis have suffered a lot under his rule#Iraq_invasion
 
40- We had no internet, no mobile phones, no satellites. A big prison. He ruled over Iraq for so long. We are tired and drained#Iraq_invasion
 
41- Employees get paid pittance, some salaries are not enough to buy 20 eggs or 5 kilos of meat#Iraq_invasion
 
42-At the same time, Baathists and Saddam’s friends are given huge bonuses. It was not fair at all#Iraq_invasion
 
43- Increasing support for the idea that we are not fighting a war Saddam dragged us into yet we have to be prepared 4 anything#Iraq_invasion
 
44-I want to explain why Iraqi resistance was much stronger after the invasion than during it #Iraq_invasion
 
45- The first group of Iraqi resistance from outside the army, police and Baath was formed two months before the invasion#Iraq_invasion
 
46-Sunni Islamists got together to form the nucleus of resistance to US presence in Iraq#Iraq_invasion
 
47- Baath members &the police arrested a resistance group in Fallujah a month b4 the war for meeting in secret &hiding weapons#Iraq_invasion 
 
48-The group was among scores of others mainly in Fallujah which became a training ground for the nascent resistance#Iraq_invasion
 
49-Most Iraqi men were either in the army or are weapon-trained so it was easy to train with live ammunition near Fallujah#Iraq_invasion
50- This explains why Fallujah was at the forefront of Iraqi resistance#Iraq_invasion
 
51-A number of young men trained b4 the war gave me all the details. They wanted to fight the Americans but not the Baath banner#Iraq_invasion
 
52-Fallajuah, the city of mosques & the biggest Sharia school in Iraq is the cradle of half the Iraqi Sunni scholars#Iraq_invasion
 
53-Young Muslims groups meet  to explore the future of Iraq and the US army  presence and the role of religious scholars#Iraq_invasion
 
54- Shortly b4 the war exchanges in Baghdad were candid. 4 the 1st time Islamic groups discussed their vision & future approaches#Iraq_invasion
 
55-Baathists trained many university and school students but it was more of a routine training aimed at coercing people into loyalty#Iraq_invasion
 
56-Someone I trust told me persecuted Shiite groups gave their leaders sealed envelopes but he was not privy to the contents#Iraq_invasion
 
57-Strict orders; they shall remain sealed till the regime falls. I learned later they contained confidential#Iraq_invasion
 
58-There were orders for seizing all departments of information and files by anyone in these areas#Iraq_invasion
 
59-The envelops also stipulated that anyone reading them must stock up on weapons & take control of police & Baath headquarters#Iraq_invasion
 
60- Baath has branches in all Baghdad neighbourhoods w/ a wealth of info. It is a landmine for those who report on others#Iraq_invasion
 
61-Party headquarters are usually evacuated in case of threat but this time they resembled a weapons warehouse#Iraq_invasion
 
62-Baath centres attracted junior officers and volunteers who converged on them to coordinate efforts and secure weapons#Iraq_invasion
 
63-All Friday Imams must include a prayer for Saddam or risk imprisonment. They call on people to prepare well & dig water wells#Iraq_invasion
 
64-Doctors advise people to take water samples from these wells to a lab to make sure it is fit for human consumption#Iraq_invasion
 
65-We were told to secure homes with sandbags and stock up on basic foodstuffs#Iraq_invasion
 
66-The minister of trade issued everyone with six-month worth of food rations, the biggest in ten years#Iraq_invasion
67-People were telling each other to make copies of personal files &documents for safekeeping or back them up on a floppydisk#Iraq_invasion
 
 
68- Many did not know how to backup files electronically and went to the mosque which had a computer and a copying machine#Iraq_invasion
 
69- A 16-item leaflet was distributed detailing the necessary medications we should buy & ways of safely stocking up on fuel#Iraq_invasion
 
70-The atmosphere was rife with a sense of finality. We began preparing ourselves for the worst days of our lives#Iraq_invasion
 
71-Away from the ppl, Saddam was holding meetings with his army chiefs and spoke w/ a sense of faith punctuated with philosophy#Iraq_invasion
 
72- I did not feel anyone believed Saddam’s slogans or even his exaggerated expressions of faith#Iraq_invasion
 
73- The gap between Saddam and his people was huge. Many never forgave him for invading Kuwait without their consent#Iraq_invasion
 
74- The last 13 years were very hard. We were like the living dead and endured the worst kind of economic sanctions#Iraq_invasion 
 
75-Flour sold in Iraq was very bad. Even my experienced grandmother did not know how to bake it. It tasted like animal fodder#Iraq_invasion
 
76-Children had not had candy in years. Bananas, apples and soft drinks existed only in dreams#Iraq_invasion
 
77- Dates replaced apples, bananas and chocolates. Dates mixed with horrible dark biscuits#Iraq_invasion
 
78-We used to drink sugar-free Pepsi b/c sugar was very expensive. Sometimes dates were used instead of sugar in tea#Iraq_invasion
 
79- We’d go for months w/out meat. Children as young as 5 did know what meat or chicken were. Medicines were scarce & expensive#Iraq_invasion
 
80-People blamed Saddam for everything. These feelings were aggravated by his decadence while his people were starving#Iraq_invasion
 
81-I didn’t notice any real preparations for the war. The street has its own way of sensing those preparations#Iraq_invasion
 
82-Before each preparation, party headquarters and government departments would be evacuated and the army put on high alert#Iraq_invasion
 
83- But this time there was no sense we are getting ready for a war or even half a war. Things were too relaxed and mysterious#Iraq_invasion
 
84-People were amazed to see Saddam’s secretary Abid Hmoud and his family in a tourist area west of Bghadad#Iraq_invasion
 
85- How can Saddam’s primary confidant come to this place and enjoy himself when the war is all that anyone could think about#Iraq_invasion
 
86-Even Saddam was busy w/ organising his bday party wks in advance. He wanted the Iraqis to celebrate it in Azzawra’ in Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
87- Azzawra’, adjacent to the presidential palaces, is the biggest park in Baghdad#Iraq_invasion.
 
88-Department of Planning at the Presidential palace worked day and night to have Azzawar’ ready in time for the party#Iraq_invasion
 
89-Saddam visited them three weeks before the war and ordered them to have it ready for his birthday in a few weeks#Iraq_invasion
 
90-Saddam wore out the Rep. Guards & Fedayeen Saddam when he placed them under the command of his sons who lacked any experience#Iraq_invasion
 
91- The world of the army was shrouded in mystery with many internal struggles over power#Iraq_invasion
 
92-An army officer said the army was receiving conflicting orders from army chiefs on the one hand & Saddam’s sons on the other#Iraq_invasion 
 
93-The Iraqi army was falling apart. A soldier’s salary was completely worthless#Iraq_invasion
 
94-I saw a number of soldiers loitering around begging people for some change to buy food#Iraq_invasion
 
95-Soldiers’ uniforms were threadbare and their boots worn-out on top of being stripped of their dingity#Iraq_invasion
 
96-The army was all appearances without real substance courtesy of  years of economic sanctions and corruption#Iraq_invasion
 
97- The old war had destroyed all the army’s weapons and Saddam approved the destruction of all its missle#Iraq_invasion
 
98- Corruption was rife in the army. One could buy his  way out of conscription. The army was for the poor only#Iraq_invasion
 
99-Saddam’s sons’ interference in army affairs led to a crisis of leadership#Iraq_invasion
 
100- The army was dealt yet another blow at the hands the US war propaganda machine#Iraq_invasion 
 
101- US propaganda machine exaggerated the size of the army coming 2 invade Iraq leaving many Iraqi soldiers in a state of despair#Iraq_invasion
 
102- Many families left Baghdad to safer locations  after Bush issued his 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam#Iraq_invasion 
 
103-A unprecedented number of people leaving Baghdad on the same day to escape death and destruction#Iraq_invasion
 
104-Women,  children, and the elderly became a rare sight in Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
105-The first strike came before the 48 hours were up. More families decided to leave Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
106- Baghdad belongs 2 the Tirgris which runs thru it bestowing upon it AlKarkh & AlRasafa dating back 2 Al-Mansour’s ‘round city’#Iraq_invasion
 
107-The ‘round city’ is historically located in AlKarkh west of Baghdad which has always prided itself on its Abbasid past#Iraq_invasion
 
108-The biggest mosque in the wrld was 2be built on the location of the round city but the location now belongs to the Americans#Iraq_invasion
 
109-Abbasid monuments were deliberately targeted the most amazing of which is AlMustansiriya, the oldest uni in the wrld#Iraq_invasion
 
110-I walked along the bridge feeling nostalgic for Tigris and its distinctive smell. I saw an old man kowtowing to the bridge#Iraq_invasion
 
111-I’d never seen anyone express his love 4 the Tigris like this. The old man passed by breezily like the river’s silent waters#Iraq_invasion
 
112- Went down 2 the river. 100s of young men fishing 4 gold in the water close to the gold market. The ‘gold game’ is great fun#Iraq_invasion
 
113-It was one of  the most beautiful days of my life & most sentimental. I was crying & laughing. The Tigris had made me insane#Iraq_invasion
 
114-I go a lot to the Iraqi & Baghdad museums. I badgered my friends 2 go again. I had a feeling Iraq was going to change forever#Iraq_invasion
 
115-Friends still feel grateful for the visit. Some had never been. The museum was later looted and forever changed#Iraq_invasion
116-Al-Shorja market with its distinctive scents is close by. Pple are stocking up for the months ahead. Prices are up#Iraq_invasion
 
117- Prices are up, the dinar loses its value by the day. People carry notes they later discover are forgeries#Iraq_invasion
 
118-Rumors Saddam had been killed. I doubt anyone believed them but we all know that his hometown has been targeted#Iraq_invasion
 
119- A heated debate; is the new bombing the same as the one we have  been used to for a decade or the beginning of a war#Iraq_invasion
 
120-We the residents of Baghdad are used to missiles and the deaths they inflict since the first Gulf and second Gulf wars#Iraq_invasion
 
121- Missiles in this war were different & v. scary. Reporters who’d  been 2 Afghanistan said they’d never seen anything like them#Iraq_invasion
 
122- The ground shakes when missiles hit. Glasses fall off the table before we hear the sound of missiles. Totally horrifying#Iraq_invasion
 
123- Evenings are beautiful and romantic. When night falls, bombings start lighting up the sky with pretty and scary colours#Iraq_invasion
 
124-Surface-to-air missiles light up the night sky but are also the harbingers of death, a conflation of beauty and fear. 
 
125-They warn us not 2 go up 2 roofs to avoid being hit by missiles or shrapnel. No one heeds warnings at those historic moments#Iraq_invasion
 
126-Nites like a 3D film. A dark/lit-up image& bangs of missiles then silence. Love & fear on a wall of shrapnel. The cinema of life#Iraq_invasion
 
127-A week into the war, we heard the sounds of a huge explosion that shook the ground. The communications tower had been hit#Iraq_invasion
 
128-Every morning, I would go out to see what had become of everything. Few beautiful thing remain the same after a night of bombing#Iraq_invasion
 
129- I recall the area of Saddam Tower, a long monument next to my house. Many feared it might come crashing down on homes nearby#Iraq_invasion
 
130- A relative of my mine in his 40s was on his deathbed.  When he died, his family could not bury him for two days#Iraq_invasion
 
131- At 200m, Saddam Tower is the tallest structure in Baghdad. Most Iraqis had never seen any building this tall#Iraq_invasion
 
132- A restaurant sits atop the Communications Tower in Baghdad affording customers a wonderful view of the city#Iraq_invasion
133- One could easily see the presidential palaces and the intelligence services building from the top of the tower#Iraq_invasion
 
134- The location of the tower and its upper restaurant posed a security problem for the regime#Iraq_invasion
 
135-They ordered windows be closed and banned customers from looking in the direction of the palaces and the intelligence services#Iraq_invasion
 
136- Intelligence services manage the rest. No one is allowed 2 look in the direction of the palaces or the intelligence building#Iraq_invasion
 
137-The intelligence services building is a few metres away from the tower and occupies an area the size of a neighbourhood#Iraq_invasion
 
138- People are too scared to pass by it or even look in its direction#Iraq_invasion
 
139-Adjacent to the tower stands Al-Mamoun Building. I cycled to see what had become of it after it was bombed#Iraq_invasion
 
140-Rumors have it that Saddam Tower has an invisible tilt. I would stand before the structure stunned by its sheer size#Iraq_invasion
 
141- I doubt the tower had a tilt. It remained standing w/ its broken windows even after all the adjacent buildings were destroyed #Iraq_invasion
 
142-  Simply by looking at them or speaking to them, it is evident that the soldiers on the streets are absolutely clueless#Iraq_invasion
 
143-They don’t know what the future holds, how they are supposed to fight or with what they are going to fight#Iraq_invasion
 
144- We wonder if they would last longer than a few minutes in the face of the US army. Will their decrepit rifles or barricades be of any use#Iraq_invasion
 
145- The sight of soldiers, trenches & barricades was propagandist rather real#Iraq_invasion
 
146- Maybe the purpose is to maintain domestic security rather than stand up to the Americans#Iraq_invasion 
 
147- Someone close to Saddam came to visit. A rare opportunity to speak to someone who had seen him recently#Iraq_invasion
 
148-He told me ten days into the war that it was all over and that the Iraqi government was simply posturing#Iraq_invasion
 
149-He said the Americans had contacted senior figures to urge them to ditch Saddam Hussein#Iraq_invasion
150-The Americans failed2 convince any senior figures 2 dissent b/c all communications were monitored by the intelligence services#Iraq_invasion
 
151-But the message was clear; we got to you#Iraq_invasion
 
152- Most communications ended afterwards. Electricity and water became more scarce. Services were in a deep crisis#Iraq_invasion
 
153-A week into the war, a red-yellowish sand storm hit Baghdad. I had never seen anything quite like it before#Iraq_invasion
 
154-  Baghdad is like a ghost town. Trees are pale. The streets sad, silent and full of tears. I wept for my lost city#Iraq_invasion
 
155- I breathe in the clean air and recall the yellow dust of the sandstorm. Before my eyes, the streets are deserted#Iraq_invasion
 
156- I stopped then sat down. I looked on and tried 2 figure out where I was. Was this a surreal painting by a deranged artist#Iraq_invasion
 
157-  I cannot begin to describe the streets or how I felt that day. I was swimming in a sea of red colour#Iraq_invasion
 
158-Was this the beginning of the end? Were we all going to die? Baghdad was holding its own funeral#Iraq_invasion
 
159- Several army platoons from the Republican Guards were mobilised during the sandstorm under the command of Saddam’s sons#Iraq_invasion
 
160- It was rumoured that the US had halted its ground operations on account of the sandstorm despite advancing 200km into Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
161-Qusay Saddam thought wrongly the US wouldn’t spot the platoons during the storm & mobilised them towards the South of Baghadad#Iraq_invasion
 
162-I learned later that half the soldiers had abandoned their posts after being bombed & lost all contact with their army leaders#Iraq_invasion
 
163- Soldiers saw B52 fighters drop containers. Army chiefs said Iraqi soldiers morale was v. low due 2 endless miscalculations#Iraq_invasion 
 
164-They used to dig lengthwise and sideways#Iraq_invasion .
 
165-Here they dug in the shape of a cross b/c the aircraft’s fissionable projectiles necessitated running in different directions#Iraq_invasion 
 
166- The first ten days went by very quickly. At night we would watch the sky show and inspect the damage the following morning#Iraq_invasion
 
167-We didn’t care much for big news, Bush’s statements or politicians’ meetings. Something else caught our attention#Iraq_invasion
 
168- We feared hordes of Iraqis arriving by air under the leadership of Ahmed Chalabi. What would they do to us? #Iraq_invasion
 
169- We were worried abt the future. The regime was gradually disintegrating &the Amer.  advancing from the south towards Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
170- State-owned media kept playing scores of songs praising Saddam and urging Iraqis to resist the invaders#Iraq_invasion
 
171-The songs were of a less quality compared to the Iraq-Iran war songs. Everything was of a better quality back then#Iraq_invasion
 
172- These songs were produced in a hurry. Some became very popular until everyone knew them by heart#Iraq_invasion
 
173-The funniest line was “we shall wipe the US off the map”but the melody was great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twC_C8X1mrs#Iraq_invasion
 
174- According to official media a peasant named Miknash downed a US fighter with a rifle#Iraq_invasion
 
175-Over the next few days, clouds of smoke from burning oil wells covered the Baghdad skyline. The idea was to make flying impossible#Iraq_invasion
 
176- I watch the black/ blue skies as dreams &death converge & black death walks w/ the wind, draws maps & dances its goodbyes  #Iraq_invasion
 
177- Friends compete to make out shapes in the sky. This one looks like a house or a car. Our lives drawn by black smoke in the sky#Iraq_invasion
 
178-It was all very exciting. Day and night, the sky was a mixture of darkness and light. Days 4 oil smoke and nights 4 missiles#Iraq_invasion
 
179-Friday was quite eventful as Saddam was spotted walking in Al-Mansoor, three kilometers from where I was at the time#Iraq_invasion
 
180-Saddam’s appearance meant we needed to be extra careful. The area was under US surveillance and it was not easy to move around#Iraq_invasion
 
 
181-Saddam would remain touring the area for a few days while the Americans and their agents were actively pursuing him#Iraq_invasion
 
182-Saddam was spotted near 14 Ramadan Street in Al-Mansoor. The whole area was important and a mere 10km away from the palaces#Iraq_invasion
 
183-The 1st airport battle began after 3pm, to a great extent an illusory battle; the Americans had already landed in Bagh#Iraq_invasion
 
184- It was ruse that led to the defeat of all Iraqi troops. I headed that day to Al-Jihad neighbourhood close to the airport#Iraq_invasion
 
185-An unprecedented number of missiles were fired at the airport. Most resident fled the area#Iraq_invasion
 
186-I rode with a friend leaving my bike at his place (I am yet to retrieve it) & headed to AlAmeriyya, Alkhadra and Al-Yarmouk#Iraq_invasion
 
187- I learned that 4 US armoured vehicles were stationed on the airport rd where most of the Iraqi special forces were#Iraq_invasion
 
188-They were very fast, veryadvanced unmanned armored vehicles enveloped in a magnetic field to protect them against RPGs#Iraq_invasion
 
189-Iraqi tanks were very slow and old in comparison to American tanks#Iraq_invasion
 
190-Iraqi soldiers watched as US Abrams tanks sped by destroying every other tank on their path#Iraq_invasion
 
191- US tanks entered Baghdad and sped along the road connecting the airport & presidential palaces on the Tigris#Iraq_invasion 
 
192- The element of surprise was the reason the Americans sent in their tanks which fired non-stop in all directions#Iraq_invasion
 
193- Tanks were meant to frighten Iraqi soldiers to force them to withdraw and that’s exactly what happened #Iraq_invasion 
 
194-Iraqi soldiers weren’t aware there were only 4 tanks (more came later). They assumed it was the end of the battle#Iraq_invasion 
 
195-The armoured vehicles halted a few kms away from the palace’s gates in Alyarmouk near Bilal mosque b4 withdrawing#Iraq_invasion
 
196- The Iraqi leadership thought the airport had actually been taken over by the Americans#Iraq_invasion
 
197- A decision was made to dispatch troops and missiles to the airport to contain the defeat#Iraq_invasion
 
198- Among the dispatched 2 the airport were Almujahidoon AlArab and Fedayeen Saddam. Rumors flew they had terrorized the Americans#Iraq_invasion
 
 
199- The first airport battle was one-sided; US tanks targeting Iraqi troops around the airport#Iraq_invasion
 
200-When the US tanks withdrew, the Iraqis entered the airport basking in the euphoria of victory#Iraq_invasion
 
201-It was rumored that Saddam participated w/ a medium-sized weapon. Were this true, they’d have published photos of him #Iraq_invasion
 
202-  Almujahidoon AlArab were fighting for the first time. They were shocked to discover their weapons were mostly faulty#Iraq_invasion
 
203- The ‘needles’ had been removed from their rifles rendering them practically useless when they tried to fire them#Iraq_invasion
 
204- Almujahidoon AlArab wrapped the end of RPG launchers w/ a piece of cloth to offset the effect of the tanks’ magnetic field#Iraq_invasion
 
205- Four days b4 the end of the war, I realized that Almujahidoon AlArab & the army had all but collapsed#Iraq_invasion 
 
206-Fedayeen Saddam and Ashbal Saddam were more resilient, their appearance still capable of inspiring awe and fear #Iraq_invasion
 
207-The Fedayeen very well-trained, tall, slim with serious eyes & rarely made an appearance. Their presence signaled danger#Iraq_invasion
 
208-Contrary to Almujahidoon AlArab who befriended people and frequented mosques, the Fedayeen remained distant & aloof#Iraq_invasion
 
209- Almujahidoon AlArab were mainly from#Syria#Egypt# and Tunisia#Iraq_invasion
 
210- The youngest of  Almujahidoon  was a Syrian named Kinjo Mohammed Kinjo who was arrested but later released by the Red Cross#Iraq_invasion 
 
211-The real airport battle started on Sunday the 6th of April after dusk. The Iraqi plan was to increase missile fire#Iraq_invasion
 
212-US troops, tanks and fighter jets took over the airport. They considered their presence a true sign that the war was over#Iraq_invasion
 
213- AlSahhaf announced confidently there would be a big surprise & that the American were in for a big shock. No one believed him#Iraq_invasion
 
214- It emerged all  his statements and proclamations were unfounded#Iraq_invasion
 
215- AlSahhaf succeeded in deceiving public opinion into believing that a resounding defeat awaited the Americans at the airport#Iraq_invasion
216-We thought the airport would be totally destroyed killing everyone there, thus restabilising Iraqi dominion over the area#Iraq_invasion
 
217- The other possibility was bombing the airport with medium-range missiles which strangely enough still have not been used#Iraq_invasion
 
218- Although Iraq still possessed some missiles, Saddam had approved the destruction of 10s of 1000s of missiles#Iraq_invasion
 
219-Missles aimed at Israel in 91 were launched from the western region where I lived at the time, a student in primary school#Iraq_invasion
 
220-I recall seeing huge trucks carrying odd-looking round things which turned out to be the missiles fired at Israel#Iraq_invasion
 
221-  Israel was never hit again b/c the UN, under pressure from Israel & the US, forced Iraq 2 destroy its long-range missiles#Iraq_invasion
 
222-Destroyign Iraq’s missiles was the second biggest strategic mistake made by Saddam, the first being the invasion of Kuwait#Iraq_invasion
 
223-The Iraqi people were against the invasion of Kuwait but Saddam forced the army to invade after being tricked by the US#Iraq_invasion
 
224-Some Iraqi Islamists issued  fatwas forbidding anyone from taking any buying or taking any items brought in from Kuwait#Iraq_invasion
 
225- History attests to the noble stands of Iraqi Islamists vis-à-vis the invasion of Kuwait which they considered a huge mistake#Iraq_invasion
 
226-US troops met with little resistance at the airport. The Iraqi army was in deep trouble & needed to do anything to survive#Iraq_invasion
 
227- AlSahhaf deceived the whole press corps and Iraqis into believing that Iraqi victory at the airport was inevitable#Iraq_invasion
 
228- He told the press Iraq was going to crush the Americans in a battle that will go down in history books#Iraq_invasion
 
229-In the end it emerged that the plan was clever but difficult to implement and ultimately failed or was made to fail by double agents#Iraq_invasion
 
230- No one really knows what they plan was not carried out#Iraq_invasion
 
231-The plan was to flood the whole airport with water to drown both US troops and their equipment#Iraq_invasion
 
232-Once the whole airport is submerged, the would send a very strong electric current to electrocute US soldiers #Iraq_invasion
 
233-It is true some were skeptical of AlSahhaf’s confidence but we knew all would become clear by nightfall#Iraq_invasion
 
234-  The anti-Iraqi  Iranian channel Alalam was the only station we managed to get#Iraq_invasion
 
335-That night, Alalam inundated us with all kinds of news#Iraq_invasion
 
 336- News about  the so-called Airport  battle and undercover activities 2 transfer thousands of soldiers with Ahmed Chalabi#Iraq_invasion
 
337-The station spoke about Kurdish preparations to attack Mosul and exaggerated the size of the Peshmerga#Iraq_invasion
 
338-We did not know what to believe anymore#Iraq_invasion
 
339- Alalam focused on Mohamed Baqer Alhakim, leader of the supreme council, whom they claimed was coming2 establish a new Iraq#Iraq_invasion
 
340-Alalam unnerved many Iraqis  which was to be excepted since we were not allowed to watch Aljazeera, Alarabia or Abu-Dhabi#Iraq_invasion
 
341-On Monday the 7th of April, the city was deeply shaken by a fresh batch of missiles#Iraq_invasion
 
342-I drove my new bike to survey the damage but before I could reach the hardest hit places, the bombings were resumed#Iraq_invasion
 
343-I learned Saddam was in a house that was bombed in Al-Mansoor. He had recorded a speech b4 he left the house#Iraq_invasion
 
344-I later watched an unedited version of the speech. Saddam was asking the cameraman to hurry up#Iraq_invasion
 
345-Our neighborhood was bombed again in the evening#Iraq_invasion
 
346- A missile fell near me flinging me against the window & injuring my head#Iraq_invasion
 
347-I still have the scar from that night. The impact of  missile almost ruptured my eardrum &I fled the house in a cloud of dust#Iraq_invasion
 
 
348- A missile hit a friend’s house and I ran towards it while my head was still bleeding#Iraq_invasion
 
349-The missile had fallen between two houses and many were injured but no one died#Iraq_invasion
 
350-I rushed into the neighbour’s house help & the father gestured & me that his wks-old baby was stranded in one of the rooms#Iraq_invasion
 
351- Rubble was everywhere but I managed to squeeze my way into the room towards the bed hoping I would find her#Iraq_invasion
 
352-She was alive!  It was a miracle since every inch of the room was covered in shards of glass and shrapnel#Iraq_invasion
 
253- She was like a glimmer of hope in the midst of all the darkness. A most beautiful creature. I have since lost all track of her#Iraq_invasion
 
 
254- New info revealed the airport battle took place a few kms away in Alradwanyya near the presidential headquarters#Iraq_invasion
 
255-The US used internationally banned weapons such as Napalm,  Phosphorus bombs &bombs that only burn human flesh#Iraq_invasion
 
256-No one dared demand an investigation into the weapons used by the Americans. The airport battle became a distant memory#Iraq_invasion
 
257-Iraqi soldiers did not make out of the airport alive. The airport was covered in black dust while the US crazily bombed it#Iraq_invasion
 
258-Saddam was in touch w/ army chiefs at the arprt & met w/ political leaders the night b4 the war ended to tell them he may die#Iraq_invasion
 
259-Saddam cleverly said to an officer “the ship has steered towards Hillah & we should turn the residents” meaning the helm#Iraq_invasion
 
260- The statement was very accurate but not about Al-Hila, rather other areas where troops had moved away from Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
261- Saddam’s statement revealed that the ‘ship’ had been steered away by traitors & those who failed to peform their duty#Iraq_invasion
 
262- I see it as treason while army chiefs see it as failure to perform duties. I shall tell you what happened and you judge#Iraq_invasion
 
263- I believe that Baghdad fell on the 1st of April by an act of treason which destroyed the army and Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
264-I also believe that Baghdad fell because of a major strategic mistake committed by Qusai who had little military experience#Iraq_invasion
 
265- Qusai defied his father’s orders#Iraq_invasion
 
266- Every word &promise uttered by Saddam was on the basis of a carefully-drawn  up plan but none of these plans ever materilaised#Iraq_invasion
267- Early April, orders came from the Rep. Guards to blow up the small bridge in Jurf Alsakr. 100s of soldiers remained to do so#Iraq_invasion
 
268-Meanwhile Qusai  rejected all army chief requests to send troops back to Baghdad insisting on keeping them outside the capital#Iraq_invasion
 
269- The US troops  lunged forth with a vengeance once they learnt Iraqi troops were stationed outside Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
270- US troops crossed the strategic bridge of Jurf Asakr and arrived at Alyusufia juncture#Iraq_invasion
 
271- The arrival of the Americans neutralized what was left of Iraqi troops which were outside Baghdad behind the American troops#Iraq_invasion
 
272- Jurf Alsakr bridge was never blown up despite the presence of soldiers and engineers under strict orders to carry out the task#Iraq_invasion
 
273- Why the bridge remained intact is yet another of the war’s long list of secrets#Iraq_invasion
 
274-I consider it a form of treason that ruined the army. The Americans crossed the bridge without resistance#Iraq_invasion
 
275- Hours after crossing the bridge, the battle was over#Iraq_invasion
 
276- When Saddam was informed he said ‘the real battle starts now.’He didn’t know his troops were outside Baghdad at the time#Iraq_invasion
 
277-Troops in Hillah, Swiera & Ba’kouba were not involved because Qusai refused to dispatch them back to Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
278- The  plan was to surround Baghdad & second a line of defense protecting the city in a 6-month battle#Iraq_invasion
 
279-Many predicted the fight would continue 4 six months w/ the army handing out food rations 2 the troops to last them that long#Iraq_invasion
 
280- During a meeting in April, Qusai did not propose to his father the army be redeployed to the second line of defense cont.#Iraq_invasion 
 
 
281-After the US troops advanced from the direction of Jurf Alsakr
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282- The meeting stuck to the details while no one proposed to Saddam that troops be redeployed for another 24 hours#Iraq_invasion
 
283- When the orders arrived to redeploy the troops, it was already too late#Iraq_invasion
284- When troops failed to return and protect Baghdad, it was natural the city would fall very quickly#Iraq_invasion
 
285- History will one day recall it was Qusai’s fault Baghdad fell so quickly b/c he failed 2 give the right orders when needed#Iraq_invasion
 
286- Two of Qusia’s army chiefs were not on good terms#Iraq_invasion
 
287-Quasi’s troops disobeyed Saddam’s orders by moving to west of the Euphrates near Karbala#Iraq_invasion
 
288- This mistake neutralized the troops and exposed Jurf Alsakr to enemy combatants #Iraq_invasion
 
289- Saddam had issued strict orders not to mobilize any troops west of the Euphrates#Iraq_invasion
 
290-No troops were stationed in the desert  all the way from the west of Iraq to Al-Najaf#Iraq_invasion
 
291- The lack of communication btn Qusai and some army chiefs led them to improvise &send troops 2 face the Americans in the South#Iraq_invasion
 
292- Udai was the better leader and the most daring. Under his leadership, the Fedayeen remained steadfast till the end#Iraq_invasion
 
293-On the eve of the end of the war, Saddam met with army chiefs in Al-Mansoor#Iraq_invasion
 
294- Saddam said’We only need a rifle, a piece of bread & dates to fight them.’ There were no preparations for the fall of Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
295- Army chiefs did not draw up plans for long-term resistance. The army soon disbanded#Iraq_invasion
 
296- There was nothing left after the defeat but hundreds of weapons warehouses in and around Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
297-These warehouses contained 80 million mortar bombs and tens of millions of various light weapons #Iraq_invasion
 
298- The only silver lining from this military fiasco was those warehouses which launched the popular resistance 2 US troops#Iraq_invasion
 
299- Prior to the airport battle, 10s of thousands of young Iraqi mosque goers wished to be armed to defend their regions #Iraq_invasion
 
300- Al-Baath refused to arm them but a few days before the end of the war, orders were issued to arm them but that never happened#Iraq_invasion
301-Any weapons obtained by the resistance movements were acquired after the fall of Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
302-After the fall, mosque goers went 2 Baathist homes but found no weapons. The former had fled and weapons remained ink on paper#Iraq_invasion
 
303- Only 2% of weapons stored around Baghad were used during the airport battle and Al-Kifel battle#Iraq_invasion
 
304-Jews claim ownership of a temple in Al-Kifel area, named after prophet Al-Kifel while the Americans wished to take control of it#Iraq_invasion
 
305- The temple itself contains writings in Hebrew#Iraq_invasion
 
306- The US bombed the area with more than 1000 missiles in one night but failed 2 control  the area & returned to Najab#Iraq_invasion
 
307-I suspect the US had recommendations from Israel to take over the area but they failed. Later they succeeded#Iraq_invasion
 
308-The night before last was colourless except for a lame crescent trying to light up the skyline#Iraq_invasion
 
309-It resembled an elephant tusk not yet fully developed#Iraq_invasion
 
310- Only my ears remained quite alert holding out for the sound of sorties and the incessant din of bombings#Iraq_invasion
 
311-Total darkness prevails. People are too scared to light up even a candle thinking it might attract missiles#Iraq_invasion
 
312-A previously unseen sight; Baghdad in total darkness. Not a single glimmer of light#Iraq_invasion
 
313-Were not 4 some stars and moonlight, both the blind & seeing would’ve been in the same boat. I’d never seen Baghdad like this#Iraq_invasion
 
314- At any moment, any given house could become the evening meal for a fighter jet. We were simply awaiting death#Iraq_invasion
 
315-Streets were quiet and empty on Tuesday morning except for some cars transferring weapons to resistance fighters#Iraq_invasion
 
316-I met a number of Arab mujahideen that day in the university region. Their work had just started#Iraq_invasion
 
317- They had just returned from the airport having discovered a new act of treason #Iraq_invasion
 
318- Most of the RPG’s they were given had been divested off their needles on purpose#Iraq_invasion
 
319-Arab mujahidin were targeted by those happy to see the regime fall & wanted to help the US get this over and done with#Iraq_invasion
 
320- Some mujahidin received deliveries of poisoned food. They became wary of the food and the faulty weapons #Iraq_invasion
 
321- The number of mujahidin fell from 6000 to 1000 many of whom remained without weapons or were killed. Some remained in Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
322- Arab mujahidin were not particularly religious but  were believers in the cause of defending Iraq against invasion#Iraq_invasion
 
323- While riding my bicycle on Wed., a car carrying a man in his 70s stopped suddenly and he raised his arms signaling surrender#Iraq_invasion
 
324-It was an eerie scene as the car came to a standstill and the man remained seated his arms hanging outside the window#Iraq_invasion
 
325-I initially thought he was drunk or needed help. He put both his hands on the roof of the car#Iraq_invasion
 
326- I was about to witness something I had never before seen in my life#Iraq_invasion
 
327- It was the first time I had heard an American solider speak. He shouted out to everyone on the street “stop or  shoot” #Iraq_invasion
 
328-He kept repeating the phrase as if he was issuing orders. Stop…or…shoot#Iraq_invasion
 
329- I was in the presence of a US soldier even if by voice only. He appeared from the top of the road followed by terrifying tank#Iraq_invasion
 
 
330- The tank was as big as a small house and drove along like a car, totally silent. I was shocked to see it in a side street#Iraq_invasion
 
331-He kept saying Stop or Shoot but my friend & I turned our bikes and entered a side road then heard shots being fired#Iraq_invasion
 
332-I never found out whether the shots were aimed at us or the old man or simply fired into the air to scare people#Iraq_invasion
 
333- We walked into the home of a stranger who welcomed us. All the other occupants had fled Baghdad #Iraq_invasion
 
 
334-There were beautiful paintings on the walls which the owner told us he had painted himself. I resisted the urge to discuss them with him#Iraq_invasion
 
335- I was so scared and the words Stop or Shoot were still ringing in my years. Two very grave words
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336-The words stayed with me in the painter’s house. My eyes were appreciating the paintings while my ears were hearing the words#Iraq_invasion
 
337-I couldn’t talk to the painter. The sounds of semiautomatic rifles filled the air.They had enough ammo 2 kill the whole street#Iraq_invasion
 
338- The owner was calm and collected. He offered us food and water in an attempt to calm us down. It did not work#Iraq_invasion
 
339-The sounds of the bombings were unlike anything I had heard before#Iraq_invasion
 
340- It sounded as if the missiles were hissing ‘blood’ in Arabic as they killed, dismembered and maimed#Iraq_invasion
 
341- The sounds stopped suddenly and life returned outside. I left for my friend’s house on the street where the tank was#Iraq_invasion
 
342-It seemed the whole thing was over. Upon my return to the street, I found the car still parked in the middle of the road#Iraq_invasion
 
343-I could not see any traces of blood anywhere in the car but the tires were flat. Apparently, they had been shot#Iraq_invasion
 
344-The bullets embedded in the tires had let out all the air;freedom for the air and  shackles for the Iraqis#Iraq_invasion
 
345-My friend’s house on the corner of two streets resembled a map. There were bullets literally everywhere#Iraq_invasion
 
346-I thought at first that everyone in the house must have been killed. It turned out they had fled just in time#Iraq_invasion
 
347-I had never seen a house with so many bullets. Once when I was young, someone shot a single bullet at a wall#Iraq_invasion
 
348-I recalled how a policeman drew a red circle around the entry point. How many circles would he need to draw now? 20,000? #Iraq_invasion
 
349- On the other side of Al-Murasalat neigbourhood where I was, Al-Mansoor was witnessing the Iraqi army breathing its last#Iraq_invasion
 
350-Upon Saddam’s orders, the command centre was moved from one house to another in Al-Mansoor#Iraq_invasion
 
351- Army chiefs realised it was all over but obeyed the order to remain where they were till the end#Iraq_invasion
 
352- Qusai joined the army chiefs in Al-Mansoor. Most of the Republican Guard chiefs were there as well#Iraq_invasion
 
353-Special forces were deployed to protect Saddam & Quasi in Alameerat St. for the last meeting between Qusai and army chiefs#Iraq_invasion
 
354-In an attempt to give army chiefs some hope, Qusai  confidently told them to expect political victory at least#Iraq_invasion
 
355-On his last day in power, Qusai issued some routine orders like making a list of exceptional officers to reward them later#Iraq_invasion
 
356-Qusai requested a new plan to bring back the soldiers who lost contact with their units. He seemed to be in good spirits#Iraq_invasion
 
357- At the end of the meeting, Qusai gifted the army chief a Cuban cigar while the Americans were making plans for the last day#Iraq_invasion
 
358- Qusai bade his companions farewell in AlKirkh & left with Saddam #Iraq_invasion 
 
 
359- Meanwhile in Alrasafah, the media broadcast iconic images of Saddam’s statue being pulled down signaling the end of an era#Iraq_invasion
 
360- Our neighborhood was in a state of confusion & apprehension. The regime had fallen and we had nothing to lose except our lives#Iraq_invasion
 
361-On the 9th of April, tanks lay siege to Alfardoos square in Baghdad in a historically unprecedented scene#Iraq_invasion
 
362-While US tanks were surrounding Alfardoos, three cars drove away carrying Saddam, Qusai and their security detail#Iraq_invasion
 
363- The three white cars crossed Al-Iskan bridge towards Al-Athamia in the North of Baghdad#Iraq_invasion
 
364-Al-Athamia was thus named after Al-Imam Al-Atham Abu Hanifa and has always been a cradle of knowledge and science#Iraq_invasion
 
365-Saddam headed towards Abu Hanifa mosque upon arriving in Al-Athamia but the presence of US troops prevented him from entering#Iraq_invasion
 
366- When residents learned of his presence, they gathered around him as he stood on top of his car#Iraq_invasion
 
367-He had 15 men in his security detail. His secretary Abid Hamoudah  was carrying a weapon for the first time ever#Iraq_invasion
 
368- Hamoudah pushed people away to prevent them from coming closer to Saddam#Iraq_invasion
 
369-People spontaneously flocked 2 c Saddam. A man gave him white prayer beads. The jostling made him lose one of his suit buttons#Iraq_invasion
 
370-Saddam used to be protected by thousands of men and now he had less than 20 with him#Iraq_invasion
 
371- The cars left 10mins later and Saddam managed to reach the heart of Al-Athamia opposite Abu Hanifa mosque#Iraq_invasion
 
372-He was facing the Imam’s forum on the opposite side. Climbing on top of his car, he  greeted people#Iraq_invasion
 
373-One of his security men pleaded with him to come down because we was left vulnerable and exposed but Saddam ignored him#Iraq_invasion
 
374-Saddam spent 20mins with the crowds then left the area headed towards a building close to Qasim Abu-Kass restaurant#Iraq_invasion
 
375- An officer based in Al-Mansoor said the supervisor, meaning Qusai, wanted cars to take him to Al-Athamia#Iraq_invasion
 
376-When Ali Hasan Al-Majid arrived at the command centre, he was ordered to join Saddam immediately and he did#Iraq_invasion
 
377- The camouflaged cars head from Al-Kathimia in the direction of Samira’ then turned towards All-Tharthar #Iraq_invasion
 
378-Udai joined the motorcade between Al-Tharthar and Falluja. Al-Anbar still had not fallen in the hands of the Americans#Iraq_invasion
 
379- Udadi was spotted near Al-Ramadi on the afternoon of the 9th of April in Saddam’s motorcoade#Iraq_invasion
 
380-Saddam’s motorcade wasn’t as important as his statue which Bush was enjoying watching as it was torn down in Al-Fardoos square#Iraq_invasion
 
 
381-The square faces two of Baghdad’s most important hotels and a mosque boasting the most beautiful dome in the city#Iraq_invasion
 
382- Only the Tigris stood between the square and the Green Zone#Iraq_invasion
 
383- The sq. stood in the middle of Al-Karrada all the way 2 the end of Sa’doun 2km from Al-Tahrir sq. & 1km from Abu-Nawas st. #Iraq_invasion
 
384- Before Saddam’s statue occupied the heart of the square, it held a secret which epitomized how similar the US was to Iran #Iraq_invasion
 
385- In the photo I will upload, it will become evident why Saddam’s statue was torn down in this particular location#Iraq_invasion
 
386- A structure similar to Taq-e-Kisra was demolished by Saddam &replaced w/ his statue which explains Iran’s interest in the sq.#Iraq_invasion
 
387- This photo proves the existence of Taq-e-Kisra before Saddam’s statue in the squarepic.twitter.com/loh4OIWOnK#Iraq_invasion
 
388-Although the old structure was known as Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it resembled  Taq-e-Kisra a lot so it became a targetpic.twitter.com/loh4OIWOnK
 
389- When US soldiers surrounded Alfardoos square statue, things were tense but they diffused the tension #Iraq_invasion
 
390- Things suddenly changed when they heard the sounds of 5 gunshots in the distance #Iraq_Invasion.
 
391-Many of the US soldiers rushed to the armoured vehicles amid a great deal of confusion #Iraq_Invasion.
 
392-The destruction of the 4/9 statue came later.B4 there was the burning of a huge mural of Saddam on a wall between two hotels #Iraq_Invasion
 
393- Unknown individuals took down the mural, most probably hotel guests or some of those who came with the Americans #Iraq_Invasion.
 
394- The mural had been erected on a steel platform and difficult to take down. When they failed to remove it, they burnt it #Iraq_Invasion
 
395- Burning the mural was a statement that rounded up the scene. Soon, others who had come with US tanks rushed to the statue #Iraq_Invasion
 
396- Undoubtedly they had come with Chalabi to implement a US agenda entrusted to the leader of the National Congress #Iraq_Invasion
 
397- The fall of the statue was fraught w/ significations that weren’t originally intended but were inadvertently created by this event #Iraq_Invasion
 
398- One signification was that only the Americans could help topple Saddam and that they would indeed do that #Iraq_Invasion
 
399- The US flag draped over the statue signified the US victory over Saddam and replacing him with a US-controlled regime #Iraq_Invasion
 
400- It must be said the draping of the US flag wasn’t deliberate & that US soldiers had no idea history was pointing in their direction #Iraq_Invasion
 
401-The man who draped the flag claimed he was merely after a photo of him with the flag on the statue #Iraq_Invasion
 
402- He claimed it was a spontaneous act to commemorate that historic moment #Iraq_Invasion
 
403-The media was focused on Saddam’s face  behind the flag as the US realised this was its most poignant message to the world #Iraq_Invasion
 
404- The US flag was replaced with an Iraqi one without the “Allahu Akbar” emblazoned across it by Saddam https://www.facebook.com/moulayabdalla?hc_location=stream #Iraq_Invasion
 
405- The new flag was brought by Iraqis who had come with the Americans since all Iraqi flags had the Allahu Akbar emblazoned on them #Iraq_Invasion
 
406- Removing ‘Allahu Akbar’ was Bush’s way of saying: The new Crusaders wish to remove all Islamic symbols #Iraq_Invasion
 
407- The other symbolic message was the presence of an Iranian-American soldier whose father was killed in the Iraq-Iran war #Iraq_Invasion
 
408- The soldier was seeking revenge for the death of his father #Iraq_Invasion
 
409- An Iranian channel interviewed him but decided not to broadcast the interview for fear of reprisals #Iraq_Invasion
 
410- Some Ahwazi Arabs from Iran got hold of the interviewed and posted it on Youtube #Iraq_Invasion
 
411- The fall of the statue is still fraught with symbolism. When locals failed, a US tank helped bring it down #Iraq_Invasion
 
412- The sight of the statue being pulled down by a chain would become reminiscent of the sight of Saddam being executed years later #Iraq_Invasion
 
413- As the statue fell down, the two legs remained buried in the steel platform. Seemed removing Saddam was going to take some time #Iraq_Invasion
 
414- It was a historic moment, as significant as the moment those planes crashed into the Twin Towers #Iraq_Invasion
 
415- Baghdad was brought 2 its knees by that event. The regime collapsed quickly and horrifically due to a litany of mistakes #Iraq_Invasion
 
416- Baghdad fell because important military decisions were entrusted to the inexperienced Quasi Saddam Hussein #Iraq_Invasion
 
417-The Muslim world was  traumatised by that moment. The fall of Baghdad was tantamount to the fall of Jerusalem #Iraq_Invasion
 
418- We were witnessing a rare moment in history as the US humiliated the Muslim world with the help of blindly obedient Arab leaders #Iraq_Invasion
 
419- A moment that allowed the US to sit on top of the world to say: my army is invincible #Iraq_Invasion
 
420-A Rambo putting on a show to crush the spirits of Muslims #Iraq_Invasion
 
421- Iraqis were overcome by feelings of despair. Our country lost, our dead decomposing around us. Such horrible moments #Iraq_Invasion
 
422- Full of fear, we felt time going by slowly. I was possessed by myriad conflicting feelings #Iraq_Invasion
 
423- Many yearned for news about their families, especially from Baghadad.  Communication was lost #Iraq_Invasion
 
424- That night we stayed up awaiting the first battle #Iraq_Invasion
 
425- Those who remained alive gathered after evening prayers without the Imam to plan our next move #Iraq_Invasion
 
426- We predicted that buildings with valuables would be robbed and decided to protect them #Iraq_Invasion
 
427- Some were assigned to protect the mosque and raassure residents no harm would come to them #Iraq_Invasion
 
428- Makeshift checkpoints were set up near all entrances to inspect all cars coming into the neighbourhood #Iraq_Invasion
 
429-  Unbeknown to each other, many neighbourhoods around the city did the same #Iraq_Invasion
 
430- Many government and private sector buildings were looted in addition to hospitals, schools, and homes #Iraq_Invasion
 
431- A number of mysterious robberies known as “Al-Hawsim” occurred without anyone ever finding out what they were all about #Iraq_Invasion
 
432- What was the publicity function of such robberies? #Iraq_Invasion
 
433- B4 the fall of the statue, US troops arrived at the warehouses complex in Abu-Ghreib and ordered people to loot them #Iraq_Invasion
 
434- The instructions were clear: either you loot them or we burn them down. When the looting started, the media was brought in to film it #Iraq_Invasion
 
435- The message was clear: the US occupies Iraq in no time and the Iraqis unashamedly steal their country’s wealth #Iraq_Invasion
 
436- That’s the message the US wanted to send to the rest of the world #Iraq_Invasion
 
437- Unfortunately, all the focus was on the US army &the statue in the square and not the good Iraqis, especially those in mosques #Iraq_Invasion
 
438-The good side of protecting possessions and mosques was deliberately and systematically obscured to paint Iraqis in a bad light #Iraq_Invasion
 
439- Cameras did not film the looting of the museum including murals depicting the Babylonian capture of the Jews. A coincidence? #Iraq_Invasion
 
440- The director of a renowned clinic near the museum told of how he begged the Americans to spare his centre the looting to no avail #Iraq_Invasion
 
441- According to the doctor, looting the centre would mean the death of hundreds of patients who were there#Iraq_Invasion
 
442- US soldiers ordered everyone to leave the clinic or else they would burn it down #Iraq_Invasion
 
443- The centre was looted while the director was forced to watch. He later gave an interview to Al-Jazeera documenting what happened #Iraq_Invasion
 
444- Some buildings housed enough weapons to ignite a civil war for years to come #Iraq_Invasion
 
445- Luckily for the resistance movement, these weapons were distributed all over Bagdad in areas that later became hotbeds of resistence #Iraq_Invasion
 
446- These areas included Abu-Ghreib, Al-Radwania and Al-Taji #Iraq_Invasion
 
447- We came across a huge warehouse half the size of a football pitch #Iraq_Invasion
 
448- The warehouse was packed with food supplies for the army #Iraq_Invasion
 
449- We came up with a quick plan to distribute these supplies to local homes and invited families to go to the warehouse #Iraq_Invasion
 
450- We asked local shopkeepers to fetch us scales and tools to help in the distribution of the supplies #Iraq_Invasion
 
451- We were worried that US troops would show up to burn it down or facilitate looting it #Iraq_Invasion
 
452- More than fifty young men from all ethnic and religious backgrounds took part in this great endeavour #Iraq_Invasion
 
453- A sign at the door read “All rations are free and we are willing to deliver anywhere” #Iraq_Invasion
 
454-We would trade places. No one was assigned one specific role. Things went very smoothly and people worked together like brothers #Iraq_Invasion
 
455- We distributed rations to 8400 families over four days. Each got an oil, rice, flour, lentil and canned food ration #Iraq_Invasion
 
456- Friday, 2days after the war, was one of the hardest &most distressing. We got news from Yarmouk Hospital of an impending attack #Iraq_Invasion
 
457-  Doctors informed us through mosques that electricity was cut off and we had to bury the dead in the  hospital morgue #Iraq_Invasion
 
458- The hospital was not offering any medical services. Patients without doctors. Some died in front of me #Iraq_Invasion
 
459- I had to wear a mask meant for protection against chemical weapons as I helped bury the dead #Iraq_Invasion
 
460- My friend and I must have moved around 40 bodies. I will spare you the gory details #Iraq_Invasion
 
461-We buried them in the hosptial’s garden in two huge graves which 10 men helped us dig #Iraq_Invasion
 
462- A group of criminals arrived to loot the hospital as we buried the bodies. We tried to stop them but could not #Iraq_Invasion
 
463-They insisted on robbing the hospital and promised to leave us to get on with our business of burying the bodies #Iraq_Invasion
 
464-They were armed and a shoot-out ensued when the entered the hospital #Iraq_Invasion
 
465- I was not sure what happened or who fired the shots but they managed to get away #Iraq_Invasion
 
466-Minutes later, fire broke out in various wings of the hospital. We had finished our work by then #Iraq_Invasion
 
467- We could see the plumes of fire and inhale the heavy smoke #Iraq_Invasion
 
468- We could hear the sounds of gunshots as we got away from the hospital. I wonder in whose body they had settled #Iraq_Invasion
 
469- It is very hard to be caught between the demands of the body and those of the mind #Iraq_Invasion
 
470- It happened when I could not offer help to someone. I could only watch and do nothing #Iraq_Invasion
 
471- The coming days will be equally exciting and painful marking the beginning of a new era #Iraq_Invasion
 
472- Baghdad on a Friday, two days after the invasion. The Imam chose to ignore what happened as he delivered his sermon #Iraq_Invasion
 
473- He is worried like the rest of us.  We heard that Friday prayers were not held in Al-Imam Abi Hanifa Al-Nu’man mosque #Iraq_Invasion
 
474- The only time that ever happened before was in 656 AH (1258 AD) when the Mongols attacked Baghdad #Iraq_Invasion
 
475- Await more tweets to be published in a new book about the new Iraq, the battle of the Arab Mujahideen and the formation of the resistance #Iraq_Invasion
 
476-It has been a long journey. As an Al-Jazeera reporter, I was privy to so much, especially the rise of the resistance movement #Iraq_Invasion
 
477- Catch you again soon #Iraq_Invasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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