U.S. Army Capt. Cindy McPherson examines an Iraqi boy’s ears during a medical and humanitarian mission in Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 9, 2006. McPherson is a physician’s assistant with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Mike Buytas, U.S. Air Force
A British sergeant of the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, shares his Tamoshanta with Ali, one of the local children from the town of Azubayr, during a soft patrol of the town.
Nov. 7, 2006. Iraqi citizens offer beverages to U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, in Kanan, Iraq.
Col. Adil, chief of Maghdad, Iraq, police department, and U.S. Army Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division pass out backpacks full of food, water, and school supplies to students at the primary elementary school in Musqed al agsa, Maghdad, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2006.
Earlier this year there had been high rain fall, causing flooding in the town of Safwan near the Kuwait border. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were quickly on the scene to help. The unit supplied boxes of water and the town Mayor helped in the middle of the night to stock the town hall in preparation. The casualty had been pulled from a collapsed building, caused by the heavy rainfall. He is put in the back of a military vehicle and taken to British hospital for treatment.
May 2006. An officer from HQ 16 Air Assault Brigade, shows the very eager welcoming children of a small village, pictures he had just taken of them. Provisional Reconstruction team (PRT) patrol to the south of Lashkar Gar in order to discuss various matters with members of the village. This image was taken during Operation Herrick IV, the UK’s deployment into Helmand Province of Southern Afghanistan.
Operation Herrick IV saw the development of the Helmand Task Force in the province, which saw the cross Governmental Provincial Reconstruction Team set up in Lashkar Gar, to help the Afghan Government build strong governmental institutions, security and create jobs. The Task Force was made up of 3300 troops from the British Military, with the majority being taken from 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Women in Al Hillah, Babel Province show inked fingers, to stop people voting twice, during the vote for the ratification of the new Iraqi Constitution. A truly momentous day for their country and one which should not be undermined.
There are hundreds of these images.
Smiling Iraqis happy to see the allied forces, talented individuals offering hope and supplying stability and small steps of progress. You never get to see any of them in the press.
Why? Because it is not the people in these photos that want Iraq to fail or thumb their noses at it.
No I dont view this through rose tinted spectacles. Its obvious that there is a tenuous grip on hope. But equally living under a torturous regime was not an option. And it is disingenius to suggest that the regime as it was, would not have continued as it was. Or to think that at any point in its history Iraq would not have struggled to rid itself of that regime. To rid itself of that regime would never ever have been easy or less bloody and violent. However such as it is, it has a chance at democracy – very much welcomed by its people and a process which should be very much welcomed and supported by all of us. You would think. Undermining it at every opportunity, undermining the efforts of the people there, both struggling Iraqis and committed allied forces assisting them, should not be an option either. Why do we consistently give succour to those people who seek to so murderously wreck this? Why do we help drive them onwards? Are we so wrapped up in our own political agendas that we would consciously will failure?