Northern Iraq Front

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  • northern iraq front
    kurdistan
  • The Kurds are thesecond largest ethnic group in Iraq and since Saddam rose topower, they continuously were oppressed during his regime. Kurds were the only Iraqi ethnic groupwho allied with the Coalition Forces.The Peshmergas (Kurd soldier or fighter, which means“those who facedeath”) played a major role in ground fighting at the northernfront. Many Kurds from all over the Kurdistan arrived to thenorthernfrontlines to join forces with the Coalition and help defeat Saddam's army.The cities of Mosul, which is the third largest (in population) andKirkuk, important for its oil rich soil, were important for the war.Mosul and Kirkuk are cites composed of mostly Iraqi Arabs and Iraqi Kurds(and a small percentage of Turkmen as well as someIraqi Christians.The Iraqi army surrendered these two cities without anyresistance. In the days that followed, they were hit by a wave of violence and social instability.
     
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  • Picture of Saddam ripped in half is left on the floor of a governmentbuilding in the city of Kirkuk.
  •  Peshmerga which means “those who face death” in Kurdish, at the Kalak Frontline (Kalak is the town between the cities of Erbiland Mosul, it played a mayor role on the fight for Mousul)
  • Woman weeps next to the body of her family memberwho died during the chaotic fall Mousul.
  • Peshmerga takes time perform his afternoon prayer.
  • Detail of a  Peshmerga (which means “those who face death” in Kurdish)
  • Peshmergas destroying a picture of Saddam’s, his images could be found everywhere in the country.
  • An abandoned Iraqi army tank outside the city of Kirkuk.
  •  Peshmergas taking a break.
  • Suspect of being a Saddam Loyalist soldier arrested by the U.S. Marines in the city of Tikrit.
  • Peshmerga poses for a portrait during the fall of Kirkuk.
  • Kurdish kid holding a Chinese made toy riffle.
  • Shopping center in the city of Erbil.
  • Peshmerga watches as Coalition Forces bomb Iraqipositions. The Coalition contribution in the northern frontwas mostly with aerial attacks, most of the U.S. SpecialForces did not engaged in much ground fighting.
  • The vehicle was bombed by  Coalition Forces at the Kalakh frontline.
  • Peshmerga refreshes himself as they have pushed back theIraqi army and
    advancetoward the city of Kazer.
  •  U.S. Marines inside Saddam’s palace in the city of Tikrit.
  • Iraqi walks through grabble inside Saddam’sdestroyed palace in Tikrit.
  • Peshmergas destroy and and other Iraqis loot a government building.
  • Iraqi suspect is being arrested, accused of being a Saddamloyalist and trying to smuggleweapons in to the city. Him andothers were arrested after finding a few AK-47’s and a couple of grenades inthe vehicle they were traveling.
  •  Kurds holding images of Mustafa Barzani on the day Baghdadfell. Barzani is the living symbol of the KDP (KurdishDemocratic Party), which controls the northeasternpart of Iraq - Kurdistan. Manychanted U.S.A.! or Bush and Blair number one! as they parade through themain streets of the city.
  • Captured Iraqi soldiers outside of the city of Kirkuk.
  • The body of an Iraqi soldier lies on the streets of Kirkuk,while many looted across the city.
  • Pesmerga clears a mined road which leads to the oil rich city of Kirkuk.
  • Iraqi women on the side of the road.
  • A view of Baghdad from the top of the Palestine Hotel.
  • Kurds painting PUK a Kurdish political party propaganda in the capital city of Baghdad.
  • Iraqi's arguing with U.S. soldiers because of the placement of former Baathist military officials back in the Iraqi police force.
  • Kurds stand on top of a statue of Saddam Hussein which was destroyed during the fall of Kirkuk.
  • Graves at the cemetery outside ofMousul bared the Iraqi flag.