In Saddam strongholds that fought America, Iraqis fear US departure

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Sat, 2021-02-06 03:27

FALLUJAH: Abu Arkan Ibrahim picked up a rifle and joined the Iraqi insurgency against US troops when they occupied his hometown of Fallujah in 2003. He was badly burned in the fighting. Now, he fears the departure of the Americans he once battled.
Over the past 17 years, the municipal employee has watched his city fall to the US, Al-Qaeda, Daesh and, most recently, Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed paramilitaries.

An Iraqi policeman carries a weapon at a checkpoint in Fallujah, Iraq. (Reuters)
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