Iraqi expatriates return for war
- The Jew-media had predicted a massive wave of refugees fleeing Iraq at
the start of the war. Thus far this has not happened. Apparently Iraqis
prefer to stay and fight. Moreover the net flow of Iraqis is back into
Iraq from abroad with the motive to join the fight against the Americans
and the British. The following article appeared on page A5 of the Wednesday,
26 March 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Margaret
Coker of Cox News Services.
IRAQI EXPATRIATES RETURN TO BATTLE U.S.
Amman, Jordan--Clothes stuffed into carry-on suitcases, furry synthetic
blankets rolled like sleeping bags, packages of cookies and stout hearts.
They are the motley supplies of hundreds of Iraqi expatriates leaving Jordan
on buses bound for Iraq.
The men are returning as volunteers to defend their homeland against the U.S.-
Jordan, Iraq's neighbor to the west, has served as a haven for at least
300,000 Iraqis who over the past 15 years have fled their country's wars,
repression and economic hardships. Now, with a military conflict
intensifying, many feel a patriotic urge to go home.
"I called my father last night in Baghdad. He told me come home right
away. He said I am needed to fight the aggressor," said Ali Latoush, a
21-year-old tailor who has worked in Jordan for 15 months. "I'm ready to
become a martyr to keep the Americans out."
Jordan has kept its borders open for civilians who have wanted to leave
Iraq. As of Tuesday, few refugees had appeared on the border.
The stream in the other direction, however is strong. From March 16 to
24, 4330 Iraqis have returned to Iraq from Jordan, according to the Jordanian
Bus drivers who have traveled the road from Amman to the border town of
Ruashiyeh since the start of war report an increase of traffic, saying about
eight buses leave Amman for the Iraqi border each day. The vast majority
of their passengers are men of fighting age who have traveled with only a
few personal items, they said.
The U.S. military warned Iraqi civilians Tuesday against using roads. A U.S.
warplane intending to destroy a bridge dropped a bomb Monday that also hit a
bus filled with Syrians evacuating Iraq. The Pentagon expressed regret.
The 50 males aboard a packed Greyhound-size bus Tuesday that left downtown
Amman, the fifth departure of the day, expressed more bravado than fear.
Several men interviewed in the drizzling rain as they waited for the driver
to load their blankets and small bags said they are experienced soldiers
and want to take up guns against U.S. troops.
"Whether we are Shiites or Sunnis, we are prepared to fight. The invaders
made a big miscalculation if they thought otherwise," said Hussein Sharif,
an accountant who said his older brother is fighting the allied forces at
In the Iraqi community in Jordan, pressure to return and fight is strong,
with honor and dignity at stake.
"How can I be happy when our country is under bombardment?" asked Zeid
Ismail, 26. "If we (my family) are going to die, we are going to die
together. If we are going to be saved, then I am going to be needed to
help protect them. We don't want America or Britain to control our lives."