In Anger, Ordinary Iraqis Are Joining the Insurgency

by Edward Wong
new york times: full article

BAQUBA, Iraq, June 27 At a teahouse in this palm-lined city, jobless men sit on wooden benches talking about killing American soldiers.

“Tell us one benefit they’ve given us since they’ve come here,” Falah, a 23-year-old man in a shabby checkered shirt, said to an Iraqi reporter.

He boasted about driving a friend to stage attacks on American patrols. The two wait in a farm field by the main road. When the Humvees roll by, his friend fires a rocket-propelled grenade, Falah said. The two hit the ground. The soldiers open fire, but the Iraqis lie still until the patrol leaves.

“I really didn’t ask my friend whether they have a boss or not and whether they organize their work or not,” he said. “I really don’t care as long as I can take part and drive the Americans out of our country. We are all resistance.”

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