• Here you go America, another snapshot of your legacy in Iraq…

    January 29, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq, Military

    I received this comment to an earlier posting about the problems Iraqis who had worked for the US Military and State Department were facing obtaining Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to flee Iraq:


    Since I started working as a TERP for US Army back in 2003, I never had a normal day of life, specially I got married in 2004. I’m always having problems with my wife and relatives. I quit in 2004 before I got married as a condition to get a wife. But since I did, I could not get a job or look for a one, because I had to keep home to be safer and my family. I could not take any more, so I decided to get back to my TERP job in 2009. I moved my family to a village outside Mosul where I’m from, which is the stronghold of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The people in this village are very savage and they are ignorant that they comment on haircut most of times. The funny thing that they do not know about my job yet. I wonder what are they gonna say and do if they did?.

    Any way I’m unemployed now as the last unit I have worked with left, and the base closed last November 2011 and I’m bleeding money on the SIV application and hard life requirements in the semi safe village I live (no power-no safe water-far school-far markets-high prices for everything as a safe zone in Mosul-no JOB). I started working on my SIV application on January 2011. Scheduled to have US Embassy in Baghdad interview January 2012 this is one year and probably I’m gonna wait another year to get the visa this is if they issued one due to million rumors we hear about delaying and cancelling visas every day. I wonder what is going to happen to me and my family the comming time?

    I think everyone understands the fear from future and unknown and the stress outcomming from it. I will leave the comment to you. Thank you very much.


    So there you go America, another snapshot of your legacy in Iraq.



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    • Mary said...

      1

      Peter, thank you for keeping this issue alive.

      Last week, we learned that a terp who worked for the US Army was killed due to his employment with our country. Earlier, he lost both legs as a result of a bomb that was aimed at him, again for his affiliation with the U.S.

      His commanding officer had been trying to get him into the US for the last several years, yet was stymied by the unreasonably slow security check.

      We are all broken hearted that an individual could risk his life for our country, yet be deserted and murdered as a result of our inaction.

      We have lost our morality as a country, which will come back to haunt us.

      President Obama stated about Iraqis who worked for the U.S.:
      “That is not how we treat our friends. That is not who we are as Americans.”

      01/30/12 3:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...

      2

      SEXUALLY HARASSED FEMALE TERP. STILL FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

      To further this discussion on stranded Iraqis, please note that the female Iraqi terp. in this article is still in Iraq. After repeated attempts to contact the State Dept. and Consular Affairs, I have gotten no where and no one will speak to me.

      Please spread this story and help get Linda to the U.S.

      WASHINGTON POST:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-interpreters-seek-punishment-of-contractor-they-say-sexually-harassed-them/2011/03/24/AFQOfSPE_story.html

      01/30/12 1:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Christopher Coen said...

      3

      Guamian politicians have expressed support for an airlift of our Iraqi allies to Guam. The Obama Administration is still mum on why it has nixed the idea. Perhaps officials anticipate that they could not deport any Iraqis who fail the security checks from Guam back to Iraq (I’m speculating). There should be a public discussion.

      01/30/12 9:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Janice said...

      4

      Would you be interested in doing a 60 Minutes interview on the subject of leaving our terps behind, if it happens?

      01/31/12 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Administrator said...

      5

      Yes, of course, I welcome all media inquiries.

      Contact me at info(at)wemeantwell.com

      01/31/12 6:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...

      6

      Nice, 60 Minutes report on stranded SIV Iraqis would be great. Peter, love to see you on it.

      02/1/12 12:02 AM | Comment Link

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