Not in Your Name “In northern Iraq, the locals are welcoming the budding American military presence with undisguised enthusiasm. Soleyman Qassab, a local businessman who runs a burger joint called MaDonal's wrote in a local newspaper: If the USA comes here, we'll get our freedom. It's time to welcome the American military.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20030401-56007896.htm
Not in Your Name The Telegraph reports that a local religious leader, Sheikh Malik Naqshbandi, has returned to the Kurdish village that was Ansar's headquarters and has now been liberated. "Sheikh Malik's house was used by Ansar and destroyed by an American missile. He said he didn't mind. 'I don't think there will be a happier day in my life.' " http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/01/wkurd01.xml
Not in Your Name "Hundreds of Iraqis shouting 'Welcome to Iraq' greeted Marines who entered the town of Shatra Monday. Says one young man: "There's no problem here. We are happy to see Americans.“ http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=564&e=25&u=/nm/20030331/ts_nm/iraq_shatra_dc_2
Not in Your Name British army medics help Iraqi Waleed Jaawil off the back of a pickup truck on the outskirts of Basra, April 6, 2003. Jaawil's companion said he was shot by militia who told them to go back to the city to "fight the war."
Not in Your Name In the giddy spirit of the day, nothing could quite top the wish list bellowed out by one man in the throng of people greeting American troops from the 101st Airborne Division who marched into town today. What, the man was asked, did he hope to see now that the Baath Party had been driven from power in his town? What would the Americans bring? "Democracy," the man said, his voice rising to lift each word to greater prominence. "Whiskey. And sexy!" Around him, the crowd roared its approval. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/03/international/worldspecial/03AIRB.html
Not in Your Name Afrah Abdulrazak looked up from the large pot of vegetables she was stuffing with minced lamb and rice and squinted at Ahmed Shawkat, her husband, a dissident Iraqi writer who has been imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein's regime. Just to make sure he was still there. "My queen," Ahmed called out to her, tenderly, as if these words could dismiss the constant fear Afrah has grown to live with in 29 years of marriage. It is a fear horribly familiar to anyone whose loved one refuses to acquiesce with Hussein's government: that any day they may come for him, take him away, torture him, kill him. That he will become one of the estimated 3 million Iraqis executed since Hussein's Baath Party came to power in 1968. That she may never see him again. "Even now, I cannot believe that he is out of prison," Afrah said. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/04/02/MN207340.DTL
Not in Your Name The [mother], Jamila Katham, approached a U.S. military ambulance in a patrol in the Nassiriya area of southern Iraq early on Wednesday to seek help, U.S. Marine surgeons said... Surgeons Lieutenant Sean Stroup and Lieutenant Michael Humble delivered her of a healthy six-pound girl only 20 minutes after the ambulance had brought her to a U.S. Marine camp. The baby, Katham's first child, has been named Rogenia. "I think they wanted an American-sounding name," Stroup said. "The grandmother wanted Americana or something, but the mother wanted Rogenia," said Stroup, of San Jose, California. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=573&ncid=757&e=7&u=/nm/20030402/od_nm/iraq_baby_dc
Not in Your Name The welcome they had hoped for finally greeted American troops yesterday, as waving Iraqis lined the streets when the advance northwards to Baghdad was resumed. http://www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/01/war101.xml
Not in Your Name The Telegraph reports that one Royal Marine "told of how an Iraqi colonel driving a car with a briefcase full of cash refused to stop and was shot dead. 'I didn't know what to do with the money so I gave it to the kids, bundles of the stuff,' the Royal Marine said.“ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/01/wbasra01.xml
Not in Your Name Arab News asked several of the refugees waiting to enter Basra what they thought of regime change. Accompanying Arab News were several international TV crews. What the refugees said on and off camera were very different things. On camera, the general feeling among the crowd was sorrow at losing Saddam. Off camera, the citizens of Umm Qasr and Basra appeared genuinely exhilarated at the prospect of a brighter future, after Saddam had been removed. http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24366
Not in Your Name I took a young Iraqi man, 19, away from the cameras and asked him why they were all chanting that particular slogan, especially when humanitarian aid trucks marked with the insignia of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society, were distributing some much-needed food. His answer shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. He said: "There are people from Baath here reporting everything that goes on. There are cameras here recording our faces. If the Americans were to withdraw and everything were to return to the way it was before, we want to make sure that we survive the massacre that would follow as Baath go house to house killing anyone who voiced opposition to Saddam. In public, we always pledge our allegiance to Saddam, but in our hearts we feel something else." http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24366
Not in Your Name Royal Marine commandos, mopping up after completing Operation James, an assault on a southern Basra suburb, "received a warm welcome from the members of the 30,000-strong population, with children and adults giving the thumbs-up, smiling and shouting 'Mister, Mister, England good.' " http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/01/wbasra01.xml
Not in Your Name Children enjoy a new swing after a team of Seabees set up the playground in Umm Qasr, Iraq. The Seabees have started working with locals in repairing roads, setting up playgrounds and helping in the distribution of potable water in an effort to return life to normal.
Not in Your Name The soldier covered his face and wept. “We knew nothing. We were told only that America was trying to take over Iraq,” Ali said. "But we are not so stupid. We know how Saddam rules the country. We know in our hearts we'd be better off without him."