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Story of a solider The war journal of a young Iraqi lieutenant When they resumed control of the bases deserted by Saddam Husseins troops the Kuwaitis found a whole series of documents abandoned in the debacle No matter if they were on loose paper typed or handwritten or if they bore the Iraqi military seal all testify to the poor morale of the Baghdad troops On his return from Kuwait Jacques Godefrain deputy of Aveyron gave us one of these documents which is the field journal of a young Iraqi lieutenant Tuesday 15 January 1991 Leave was suspended today for officers and men because of the end of the period granted Editors note the word had been put in parentheses by the Iraqi officer by the international Security Council for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait We are there and it is a historic right that was stolen from us when we could do nothing The army is in a state of total alert to prepare itself against allied and American aggression expected against our well-loved territory I am very worried for my parents because I know what these conditions represent for them But God is good We wish the war had not happened but it has so combat would be welcome Translation continued by Donald Webb DonWebbCSUSEDU Tuesday 17 January 1991 Say this all that happens is what God has decided for us A verse from the Quran God has spoken truly This morning at 245 am I heard military aircraft A few seconds later the guard came in and told me in a voice tinged with caution fear and consternation Lieutenant lieutenant there may be bombing I dressed quickly and then realized that the American and Atlantic attack against our country was starting and that the war had begun This is war with all that the word implies Afterwards the enemy planes began their intensive bombing on
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