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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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Voices from Iraq

Mark Kukis

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, Moustafa Ahmed al-Ta'ee talks about his experience during the Iraq war. Al-Ta'ee comes from a modest Sunni family who owned a shop for spare car parts in western Baghdad. He was nineteen at the time of the U.S. invasion, enrolled in his first year at college and helping out at the family business when not in class. After the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime for the first few years, business at the shop was good. Everything was going well. Al-Ta'ee was in college and he had work. His family had money. But in 2006 the sectarian violence between Shi'ites and Sunnis began to take hold of the street where their shop sat. Most of the shops in the area were run out of rented space owned by a local businessman known to work closely with the Americans in supplying the U.S. bases.

Keywords:   invasion, Moustafa Ahmed al-Ta'ee, Iraq war, Baghdad, business, Saddam Hussein, sectarian violence, Shi'ites, Sunnis

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