23 July 2007

"This country is our country... we will defend it."

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Serena Hayden, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs.

Staff Maj. Gen. Nouri, deputy commanding officer of Iraqi Security Forces in Diyala province, and Col. David W. Sutherland, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander and senior Coalition Force officer in Diyala, talk about future operations with Maj. Aziz, a company commander with 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, on top of the roof of the Zaganiyah Patrol Base in the Diyala River Valley, July 19.

“The heart of al-Qaida members is dead. They kill women, children and everyone,” said Aziz. “This country is our country. Nobody is forcing us to fight and we will defend it.”

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