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Beleaguered Iraqi Police Maintain Sense of Honor

Scar tissue from shrapnel runs like a shiny thread above Jawad Ali’s ear. It rises like a blister on his thumb. His skin is a diary of these brutal streets. He slipped out of his bulletproof vest the other day and pulled down his collar, exposing a bullet wound from an insurgent attack on his way to work. “I was interviewed on Iraqi TV five months ago,” said Ali, a 19-year police veteran with a wife and four daughters. “The insurgents must have seen me and identified me. The next morning when I came toward the station, I was shot in my civilian clothes. These days I’m afraid of nothing but God. It is our manhood that keeps us coming to work.”Full Story

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