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April 09, 2013

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Illustration: Ahmed worked with Dick Gordon over 10 days of reporting in Baghdad. They continued to collaborate for several years.
Ahmed worked with Dick Gordon over 10 days of reporting in Baghdad. They continued to collaborate for several years.
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Ahmed Fadaam

Calling Home To Baghdad

Ten years ago today, the massive statute of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was toppled, and there was a feeling that a new country was ready to rise. The past decade has seen continuous war and violence: at first there were U.S. troops and now there are constant bombings and attacks between factions.

Host Dick Gordon covered the days after the U.S. invasion with his translator Ahmed Fadaam. They recall the destruction, and we hear reports from that time. Then, they call back to Iraq and talk to two Iraqis about life there now.

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