As a military war veteran, Iraq struck a nerve with me for the simple fact that I had to go there to fight a war that were really unnecessary and drawn out. When we first heard about going to Iraq I was a little nervous, but also excited for the wrong reasons. I was excited for the fact that I could say that I deployed. I could simply show off my deployment patch and put something on my class A uniform. The thought of possibly going there and losing my life was kind of disturbing. I remember getting off the plane in the middle of Zafaniyah, which was in the Baghdad, Karadah area. The compound was made up of unused connexes and made-shift bathrooms. We did however have a dining facility that were pretty efficient. There were two guard towers that were in the North and South and also there were guard shacks that was on top of the building of the post. The first time that I heard mortars and bombs going on my bottom was puckered. In my head, I thought that the streets that I had once grown up in was dangerous. I would surely come to realize that-that could not be further from the truth. I came in at 25 years old, as a hard head but still disciplined. I caused trouble before leaving to come to Iraq because I thought it might be my last hurrah, boy was I wrong. I finally came to realize that there was more to the world than Hampton, Virginia. That there was much more important issues than what was going on in the streets. Life became more meaningful, and I felt as if I had much more of a purpose in my life. My experiences in Iraq opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of life. From the people that I trained and trained with, to the smell in the air every day, the food, the cars, the clothes and the culture as a whole.
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...iled only to be repressed again by the Iraqi Troops. (Iraqi Cultural Orientation, November 2011)
A while ago the Turkmen has given up their tribal organization. The Turkmen live in villages and are made up of mostly Sunni and Muslim. Turkmens are considered Iraq’s third-largest ethnic group after the Arabs and the Kurds. They live in border regions close to Kurdish and Arab areas. (Iraqi Cultural Orientation, November 2011)
In conclusion Iraq could be much more of a thriving country if it were not for the reign of Saddam Hussein. Once he took power he destroyed marshlands, turning them into salt flats. Saddam also started an eight year war with Iran, which was pointless. Between 60-65% of the Muslims in Iraq are Shiite, outnumbering the Sunni since the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. Most of the marriages in Iraq are contractual marriages.
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