Prior to an operation to retake Fallujah from insurgents, the U.S. military warned civilians to leave the city. But for many Fallujah residents, leaving wasn’t possible. One Iraqi mother shares her story in this excerpt from the documentary "Once Upon a Time in Iraq: Fallujah."
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With this spring marking the 20-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, "Once Upon A Time In Iraq: Fallujah" chronicles one of the Iraq War’s defining episodes through the eyes of people who were there — including Iraqi civilians like Nidhal Abed.
“About a week before they invaded Fallujah, the American army dropped the worst of the worst on us. Not just on Al Qaeda, but on the innocent people,” Abed says in the above documentary excerpt. “When we went to look for the bodies of our relatives, we found them crushed and flattened.”
It was a time of intense fear. “We were sitting with our kids, afraid of being attacked any moment,” Abed remembers.
Her first child, Mustafa, was two years old at the time.
“He was very young. He couldn’t understand. When there was bombing, he’d shake,” Abed says of her son. “He’d run and cling to me and my mother.”
“That was,” Abed adds, “before he was injured.”
Watch "Once Upon A Time In Iraq: Fallujah" in full starting May 23, 2023.
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