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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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An Army in Defeat

An Army in Defeat

(p.12) An Army in Defeat
Voices from Iraq

Mark Kukis

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, Gassan Abdul Wahed Ined, Baha'a Nouri Yasseen, Hussein al-Awadie, and Mohammed Khalil Hamed reflect on their experiences during the Iraq war. Ined joined the army in September 2001 and was serving as a young corporal in 2003. He was part of a light artillery unit based in Najaf, a city sacred to Shi'ites. Each year thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims pour into Najaf to visit the Imam Ali Shrine. Yasseen was a senior officer in the Iraqi army's air defense wing in 2003 as the bombardment began. Hussein al-Awadie joined the Iraqi army in 1970 and reached the rank of general in 1996. Hamed joined the Iraqi army in 1982 and worked his way up to colonel in the Republican Guard. In 2003, as the war began, he was overseeing a military store north of Baghdad warehousing all kinds of equipment for use by the Republican Guard. In 2007, his oldest son, Ali, was murdered by Shi'ite militants as sectarian violence raged in his neighborhood.

Keywords:   Iraqi army, Gassan Abdul Wahed Ined, Baha'a Nouri Yasseen, Hussein al-Awadie, Mohammed Khalil Hamed, Iraq war, Najaf, Shi'ites, Imam Ali Shrine, Iraq

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