Perhaps there could be a phased transition to international troops, including Arab League troops, and then another phased transition to full Iraqi sovereignty? (over the course of approximately 10 years total)
Just a thought.
I liked how you got the chance to talk to some of the American troops. Not all of them are bad, and I know some of them do think they are making a positive impact on the world. It’s hard not to be subjective during a time war.
The Tribeca Film Festival just ended here in New York and they featured a documentary on American troops in Iraq. I wish I could have seen it, but it added another side to the whole story of what goes on in the country that you all love.
Actually, I understand to a certain extent. I worked as a police dispatcher a few years ago and we had to make these kinds of jokes sometimes. The other option would be stress and depression and one can’t function like that. You have to survive and find laughter where you can.
I think you all realize, but it’s worth saying, most of our American soldiers are good people. I’m not saying there aren’t some bad apples, but really the majority are brave and good hearted. The majority hate and are disgusted by what happened at Abu Ghraib and the majority wish they could help create a peaceful Iraq and come home.
One of the best videos in my opinion. I was glad to here Adel had a positive experiance with the US troops. We are seriously clue less you guys are our eye and ears. I found this quote very interesting, 60 minutes asked Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq, what went wrong.
“Frankly, I think all of us are disappointed by the actions of the few”. “Every day, we love our soldiers, but frankly, some days we’re not always proud of our soldiers.” This was a comment he made about Abu Ghraib.
Lets get Iraq back on its feet and get the hell out.
Peace……….A wonderful hope…..another hope is that American citizens see all the films being made (at great personal risk).
If Americans see this film series, my hope is that we will stop thinking of Iraqi citizens as “boogeymen” and “terrorist threats”.
Humans are humans.
My country is responsible for the invasion and attempted distruction of the soverign country of Iraq………..saying ‘I’m sorry’ dosen’t seem to cover this mess.
What will our children think of us for allowing this.
Please keep filming…….the world needs to hear these voices!!
Listening to two law-abiding, educated, and secular Iraqis talk about the US presence in Iraq as a bad thing made me sad. I think probably 3 out of 5 Iraqis feel the same way as them. That’s a majority, and maybe it would be best if we just admit that the war is lost and get out as soon as possible. An army cannot defeat an enemy if the native people are against them. That is a fact.
I can understand why the Sunnis who were the elitists in Saddam’s time would resent the US invasion. But now the Shittes want us out too. So let’s just leave and let the cards fall where they may. We don’t have to fix it, because I don’t think we broke it. We got rid of a murderous tyrant for the Iraqi people, and they would have thrived under democracy if not for the self-destructive and violent, unthinking actions of certain groups of Iraqis and interference from other Arab nations.
It’s time to bid Iraq goodbye and let the people fight for power among themselves. We tried our best, folks, and spent a fortune and lost too many lives already. I honestly think it wasn’t worth it.
Wow, what can i say?
The American army is a joke!
I can’t see where they are taking Iraq to? what’s next?
Sending more troops is just sending more people to get killed and bombed…
“They are the men with the guns” ha?
It is so obvious after hearing that word that they are using their power in the opposite way, not protecting, but destroying.
Today English newspaper “The Times” published a report about this site and about your life. They described Ausama as a look a like for Tom Cruise in one of his old films!(can’t remember the name now). Looool.
They also said that you have left Iraq now, except for Adel. Where have you immigrated to?
How did you guys get out of iraq? There are many people we know who are unable to get out? Please give me some tips on how to get my family members out since i can’t even contact them by phone only rarely do i get a phone call. My family got out of iraq in the 1970s, before i was even born.
Any tips will help. Some live in basra and some in baghdad…i am desperately trying to reach them. My cousin just got killed as he was buying groceries last month and trying to find some medicine for his sister.
Elle, I don’t know if you can fix it but the so called “Coalition” did break it. They created a vacuum when they disbanded the army and the police and black listed all the Baathists. Banning political parties, however much we disagree with them drives them underground, they got together with ex army and police and the result is a lot of people with firearm and explosive experience looking for revenge/ return to the status quo/anti-American/anti-Shiite or any of many other choices. The Iraqi’s don’t trust the Americans because they cannot believe that things cannot be fixed. They still have no electricity, water, sanitation, security, jobs or anything that makes life good.
The Shiite are supported by Iran, You have on the one hand the American forces or the British, in the soouth, who are doing nothing to improve their lives, or the Iranians who are providing them with help, money and jobs. If you were in their place, which would you choose?
What the answer is…. I don’t know…. The body count goes up…. but I don’t know…..
It must be a very stressful time for you…I can only tell you from my own experience with family relatives in Baghdad. They flew out of Baghdad from the airport and took a plane to Syria. Apparently there is a long waiting list but as is the case with most things in Iraq, if you give money to the ticket people, they can get you a flight within a week or two. This was the safest way out because as you know, going by car is too dangerous.
How could these secular Iraqis not feel the way they do? There contact with Americans has been with the biased producer of these videos.
You don’t feel they have an agenda? What would happen to secular Iraqis if American troops withdraw before Iraq is ready? The Islamic Extremists will take over and terrorize secular Iraqis. Submit or die.
Here is some interesting info to share with intellectually dishonest Americans who could give a crap about these secular Iraqis future and care more for America’s failure to “stick it to Booooosh”.
Here is some information for you.
In 2002 and 2003 it was reported that the NSA satellites had taken satellite photos of Iraqi Convoys leaving suspected chemical facilities and going into 3 sites in Syria.
Saddam Hussein’s #2 Iraqi Air Force General, General Sada, testified that Chemical Weapons were transported into Syria disguised as “humanitarian aid” into Syria at the end of 2002 and beginning of 2003, before the invasion:.
Saddam Hussein said those 20 planeloads contained “humanitarian” assistance, but he was under U.N. Sanctions?!
He said he didn’t have enough humanitarian supplies, which is what he used for the excuse to let his own people starve??!!
But he had enough to send 20 planeloads of “humanitarian aid” to Syria??!!
And this was further validated by Nizar Nayuf (Nayyouf-Nayyuf). A Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime,
said in a letter Monday, January 5, 2004, to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are kept.
In 2004 10 al-Qaeda terrorists were captured in Jordan with more than 20 tons of Chemical Weapons!
The reported targets were the Jordanian Prime Minister’s office and the headquarters of Jordanian Intelligence, and the U.S. Embassy.
It has been reported that up to 100,000 could have been killed in the Terrorist Bombing.
IN a live televised Jordanian interrogation those al-Qaeda terrorists admitted to receiving the 20 tons of WMDs from those three Syrian Sites reported by General Sada and seen by NSA satellite photos.The al-Qaeda terrorists also received training at those Syrian Sites.
Not only did Saddam Hussein have a 12 year history of not complying to his own Cease Fire Agreement he shot down a U.S. Spy Plane 1 month before 9/11 in August of 2001!
Tariq Aziz even bragged that they were able to upgrade their anti-aircraft technology with brand new technology illegally purchased during the U.N. Sanctions.
An Iraqi Nuclear Scientist, Dr Mahdi Obeidi, was hiding the key Nuclear Research and Nuclear Centrifuges needed to restart Saddam’s Nuclear Weapons Program. Saddam reported these Nuclear documents, and key nuclear centrifuge parts as “Destroyed” in 1995!
The experts argued that Saddam Hussein had ASPIRATIONS of reconstituting his Nuclear Weapons Program. These Nuclear Documents and key Nuclear Centrifuge parts were declared DESTROYED by Saddam. They were NOT.
The new security strategy has seen early succes in Iraq.
ABC News crew walks around areas of Baghdad that have seen an increase in security. Iraq is still very violent, but only 40% of the American Troops have been assembled for the new security “surge” strategy, but it has seen some early success.
Oba , Tracy , Amelia … yes I’ve read it … It was very nice of them to describe me the way they did … I’m flattered .
infact my head is getting bigger and bigger hehehe.
Amelia , although I have alot of fans … but don’t worry I’ll take you to dance hehehe.
yes true , some of the soldiers act nice sometimes , but those don’t have any clue of what they’re doing , those are arresting innocent people , killing innocents may be !
and that why we’re telling them Change your Policies towards our People , they just can’t continue doing what they’re doing like this ….
may be getting them out of the country would be good or may be not , that’s something I’m not sure of yet , but if they’re going to stay they should change their attitude , they should have some good Idea of what and why and who .
Last night I knew that my friend (and he’s my neighbor too) was killed by some terrorist , he was killed in Place close to an american base , and they did nothing to stop that.
they were telling the medias that this new plan is different and it will bring peace to Iraqis … so how can I beleive them now?
I’m still in Iraq , I’m not in Baghdad .. but I’m still in Iraq.
for the first question , Yes.. and I guess you can also go back to ” security ” and watch that back , and incase you don’t think that was something ” wrong ” then Yes I have some examples happened to my and other familly members of mine.
for the second question , Yes I do have names of innocent Iraqis in those detention camps.. some are friends of mine , some are relatives.
and sure we hear everday of more and more whom are arrested and who I’m very sure are innocent.
I didn’t understand what did you mean in your third question , however my friend was killed near one of the palaces in Baghdad and ofcourse you know that those palaces are US. army bases now.
If you do really want the new security strategy to work ( Like I do ) , please try to contact adel and ask him what does he feel about it or try to know some facts from him about the terrorists.
I guess I mentioned this several times , but here let me say it again :
All what I want is peace , how can I feel secured by the american forces if they have already didn’t treat me or my familly well and we’re secular Iraqis ! ? !
I already agreed with adel that some of the soldiers act nicely , but some don’t.
besides how can I say they’re being nice , if they treat me once good and then next day they destroy the house ?
it’s really confusing .
Again , the answer is probably not by pulling out , we’re telling you change your policies , strategies make it better and you will definitly find better results …
I’m also sure that you will find many Iraqi people who are educated and have sights and opinions about the political situation and have also answers and solutions for what’s going on.
I must say I respect how you feel , you seem very concerned about Iraq and about the american soliders , and you seem that you want to help us , so please we did those vedios so that you understand what are we passing through , how did our lives turned to be in these past years .
Now it’s extremley dangrous for us , because we did this project … so can you or anyone else help us to restore our security ,our self-confident ?
I am very sorry that U.S. Soldiers were told that your Grandmother’s home was being used by terrorists, but they have to be aggressive when told that an Iraqi’s Home is being used by terrorists. U.S. soldiers have saved many kdnapped Iraqis from terrorists by doing this aggressive entry technique.
You stated that U.S. Soldiers were personally kind to YOU, but I understand your anger with your Grandmother’s home being searched.
Keep in mind that U.S. Soldiers want to come home to their families and if they are told they are going into a terrorist safe house then they can’t knock knock and give the terrorists a warning they are coming in the door. That gets them killed.
Was your Grandmother at her home when they came in?
U.S. Soldiers are not allowed to fire weapons inside homes without being threatened or fired upon. Are you sure those were bullet holes? If yes then are your sure they are from American Soldiers??
I don’t understand if your Grandmother’s home wasn’t a threat why they would fire their weapons.
The U.S. Military is required to give proper compensation for broken doors, windows, glass, etc if the home is determined to be an innocent Iraqis.
Was compensation offerred to your Grandmother for the damage?
Normally U.S. Soldiers treats Iraqis and their homes with great respect and offer the traditional Muslim greeting of “Assalamu Allaikum”.
Ausama keep in mind that only half of the troops for the new security strategy have been put in place in Iraq. More help is on the way.
Have you read anything about the new plan for security?
Baghdad is being split into 16 areas of security perimeters. U.S. and Iraqi Forces are leaving their large bases and establishing “security stations” in these Baghdad neighborhoods and living among the Iraqis. This is very dangerous for the Iraq and U.S. Soldiers, but it has to be done if security is to improve.
They are also beginning to patrol their specific Baghdad area to stay among the Iraqi people and speak with the Iraqi people daily to get information about terrorists and to provide more security and arrest terrorists.
Gunner Sgt, did you swallow a propaganda book?Sure, theres individual acts of good happening in iraq. But overall, foreign troops invading that country was a bad idea. And so is building Berlin walls everywhere. Although it does make for some good artwork. :p
I hope you start thinking for yourself one day.
Ausama, respect and love to your grandmother, you, your family, and Iraq in general.
These walls are all over Arizona and surrounding their neighborhoods. They are for security and privacy.
You Berlin Wall comparison is disengenuous. The walls in Baghdad are not meant to “trap” anyone inside to prevent escape like the Berlin Wall was for. They are meant as a “buffer” zone to help increase security. Which is what everyone wants for Iraqis right?
I thought the goal was to increase security in Iraq? After the security increases and Iraq’s violence drops in a few years walls can be taken down.
The Berlin Wall eventually came down also right?
Isn’t the goal to increase security for Iraqis? Isn’t that #1 on your agenda? Success for Iraq?
What do you think of the new security strategy?
Or is your “suggestion” to “help” Iraqis by pulling all American troops out of Iraq and let it fail and plunge into worse chaos and death?
Pull out and let the Iraqis go to all out Civil War and full scale Genocide? Is that your suggestion lelly?
Gunner Sgt I’m verry happy that you “think” for yourself.
@ Saif, Adel en Ausama and all the people you represent :
I found an artikel in a local newspaper about hometownbaghdad and started this morning reading and watching (and still not finnished !).
My head is full of words and sentences, like in a storm. There is so much I like to say but I can’t find the right, the proper words to encourage you all.
Your video’s, your storry’s .. it all reminds me off 13-14 years ago when I was on humanitarian convoys into Bosnia.
No power, the shootings, the lightnings in the dark, the term “in Hell”, the two, or more, ethnic groups (not realy religians) fighting …
I could always leave … but not everyone could …
(Sorry, getting sentimentel now)
Keep up the good work. Let the world know how young civilians experiance live in a warzone like Baghdad. (or as displaced person)
The Wall I know of in Baghdad is surrounding a community, supposedly for their own protection. This may or may not be the motive, but the fact that their movements are tightly control ( cannot go in or our except through armed guarded gates) is, to me, extremely sinister.
The soldiers may have their protection in mind, but anything so controlling can easily be used and abused.
The Berlin Wall came down when people were tired of governments and soldiers (cough) seperating them for “their own security” (cough cough) and telling them lies and setting them again each other. Sound vaguely familiar?
I am not interested in what everyone wants for Iraqis. I am interested in what iraqis want for themselves. Once we know and listen to that, we will at least have a few solid goals, instead of vague mumblings of “security” and “control”.
Oh yes, im dying for iraq to descend into anarchy, genocide and chaos.
Woops, too late.
The point is,obviously different iraqis want different things.
The Kurds in the north, perhaps , want their own state. Alot of people want Americans to get out as soon as possible.
These are both achievable. There are plenty of other less agressive troops already in iraq, like the Germans and the Japanese.
People forget this.
However, I dont profess to have a full withdrawal and rebuild plan mapped out. I dont know what Iraqis want. No-one seems to be asking them. rather, they fight over what is best for them to do with another persons country.
My no.1 agenda is not success.
It is for the killing to stop.And for people making it happen to be stopped.
(everywhere, not just in iraq)
My number one agenda is peace. (killing stops)If thats success, fine. But in my experience success t most people usually involves money and power.
I didnt ask because its not up to me, but of course I am interested to know the answer.
Of course, I wonder why this amazing rebuild plan didnt happen when we first “won” in iraq.
Yes it is sinister but in a different way. its a sign of an unsafe society.
I dont want to argue too much. I will say Im no expert and obviously don’t know all the facts and opinions.
Peace and love
Gosh.. I’m slow minded.. lol! Just figured out now what “If I happened to have the wrong name, I could pretty much kiss myself good-bye” meant.. Mistaken identity.. which is stupid really.. I bet they never considered that there are more than one person who would (unfortunately) have the same name as a militant..
Like did you guys read the article (or hear) about the Muslim Child ( a 3 year old) who was denied entry into the US (his father was a U.S. citizen and whose mother is a permanent resident) because his name was the same of a Palestinian leader who had been assassinated by Israel? It’s ridiculous!! Fortunatly, he was eventually allowed to join them.
Anyways, don’t take this the wrong way.. but the dark humour kind of helps lighten up the situation a bit.. =/
I love your videos. I’ve told so many people about them. Its a shame how little the world actually knows about Iraq and whats really going on. The soldiers don’t even really know why they are there, & neither does their own president. Perhaps president bush needs to take a good look at this project!
You guys are the real heroes, showing real bravery and making the most of life everyday, when others would have just given up.
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