Alive In Baghdad On Patrol with Iraqi Neighborhood Watch

On Patrol with Iraqi Neighborhood Watch - 09.19.2006

dorothy Littlejohn - 09/22/2006 22:07:47

Very interesting story. Thanks for what you do. I enjoy seeing what people go through to get through their days - and nights.

steve garfield - 09/23/2006 18:08:33

That was one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long time…


rox - 09/23/2006 22:08:11

I continue to be amazed at how hope does not get lost even in such situations as this. “It will improve. It has to improve.” Keeping the peace neighborhood by neighborhood seems viable here, for now. On the surface, it’s quite similar to what many would normally call “vigilantes” - but in context these actions and the ready use of weapons beomes tolerable. This has definitley made me think about many things in a new way.

kathy - 09/26/2006 10:01:18

I haven’t managed to see the video yet - hopefully, once it has downloaded. However, I am acutely aware of what Iraqis are having to go through day and night. Let those who wish to call you ‘terrorists’, especially those who are responsible for making your lives a living hell. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God protect each one of you and I take this opportunity to wish you a beautiful Ramadan, even if the circumstances around you are terrible. God bless you, your families, your people and your land.

mike - 09/28/2006 12:35:46

I’m so glad I’ve found this site - I want to tell everyone I know about it… that story was very moving.

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Jamal - 10/16/2006 21:46:14

Thanks, you guys do good work. One minor thing though: the translator refers to “Coalition” forces in English, but the guys clearly use the word “Occupation” (i7tilaal) in Arabic when referring to the Americans.

Friendofpeace - 10/19/2006 05:30:54

Brave men.

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Moroccan - 11/19/2006 12:45:36

great video…Ihtilal is “Occupation” and not “Coalition”

Tim - 11/29/2006 13:54:31

That was totally raw and so powerful. I can’t imagine how living in those cirumstances must be, those men deserve so much more.

christine - 12/08/2006 07:51:14

I hope the BBC news link gets this site the attention it deserves. I’ve heard so many americans talk about iraq like it was another episode of a prime time drama… giving their opinions on the situation with confident voices and very little information… as if it doesn’t matter if they’re wrong, as if real people’s lives don’t hang in the balance. Maybe it’s just because we’re so used to having very little control over the actions of our government, and so we try to separate ourselves from the reality of those actions. But if *enough* of us speak up, eventually the government does listen. Right now I think it’s very important for americans to take Iraq seriously, and this website is exactly what they need.

Faisal - 12/15/2006 00:22:57

I came across this site by watching a segment on CNN and it’s amazing how journalists twist stories. When they used this specific video, the reporter claimed that the men were stockpiling weapons for use against shiites but after watching the video it has nothing to do with shiites but protecting their fam. Having lived in a country where civil war (Somalia)killed many family members and fellow citizens myself, I can appreciate what their doing. Its not fun and games as the media makes it seem.

Nachtwind - 12/30/2006 05:07:08

Yesterday, 12/29/2006, I´ve seen a report on German TV about you and your website and all these videoblogs.
They´re much more interesting and informative than watching the “official” storys about Iraq an the people there.
Thanks for your work and your little storys, I hope you´ll never be forced to stop your doing!!!
Best wishes to you and all the people in Iraq for the upcoming year 2007, I pray it´ll become better than the past one…

Greetings from Germany,


AJ - 01/24/2007 11:21:12

BRAVE is a small word to say about those men, God protect them All!!

Blessings from all my heart.

Alive In Baghdad - 02/05/2007 10:15:42

[…] In Iraq it is especially difficult for Sunnis to celebrate Al-Qadr, due to deathsquads, most often Shi’a, patrolling at night, despite the imposition of a curfew. As we reported previously, in Adhamiya Sunnis have the added protection of volunteers from the neighborhood, who keep watch to provide security. […]

Sweetiepie - 02/06/2007 10:54:41

I am concerned about how these men who are trying to protect their neighborhood knows who is and who is not a stranger. It’s especially troubling to know that if a stranger has a gun that they will shoot him if they don’t know him-which was stated at the beginning of the video. I wish and pray that a peaceful resolution will come of this situation. Personally I believe we should have never started the war in Iraq. Now look how these people have to live and try to protect their familites.

Nohbdy - 12/20/2007 10:13:32

I came here, mostly because of Google’s distribution of these videos on it’s TV Network, Current. And I believe the first time I heard of Sunnis adopting neighborhood watch groups, it was from an excerpt from a BBC reporter’s interview being replayed on Air America. I felt sick. Sick should be the proper word. I felt sick and depressed for our role in it. How the Bush administration’s actions had burdened all of us with some degree of responsibility for their corruption. I still tend to try putting myself in their shoes. Seeing my everything, my whole world, get bashed to pieces and mauled. Even with my mind let loose to visualize such chaos on my own soil, I have to admit, it could be no further seperated from the reality of their plight. I hate saying it - because the words will sound cheap and overused no matter I do with them - But my heart goes out to these souls. mercy on them. Mercy on us all.

-Nohbdy, from Texas

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