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Voices from IraqA People's History, 2003-2009$
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Mark Kukis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156929

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156929.001.0001

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The Mouths of Soldiers

The Mouths of Soldiers

(p.129) The Mouths of Soldiers
Voices from Iraq

Mark Kukis

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, Sajad al-Hakim, Wissam al-Rashied, and Saif Majeed al-Ta'ee talk about their experiences during the Iraq war. Sajad al-Hakim was a student at Baghdad University in 2003 studying graphic design. The early days of the U.S. occupation opened something of a boom industry for young men like al-Hakim who were eager to work and spoke a reasonable amount of English. The U.S. military and defense contractors such as KBR were in desperate need of translators. Wissam al-Rashied and his family were longtime residents of Sha'ab, a district north of Baghdad not far from Sadr City. He was pursuing a master's degree in software engineering in 2003 at the time of the invasion. Saif Majeed al-Ta'ee began working with U.S. forces as an interpreter shortly after they appeared in his neighborhood in 2003 and served off and on as a translator for many years before deciding finally to quit for good.

Keywords:   invasion, Sajad al-Hakim, Wissam al-Rashied, Saif Majeed al-Ta'ee, Iraq war, Baghdad University, translators, Sha'ab, Baghdad, Iraq

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