Hasan the Happy Soldier

Badush, Iraq

April 30, 2017

As the Iraqi Army prepares for battle in Western Mosul, Hasan gives me a quick smile and peace sign.

In broken english, he was excited to tell me that in one month he will get to visit Texas. I certainly hope he gets to. He has a long month ahead of him as ISIS is still holding out.

Just last night, ISIS attacked a small village that he had fought to liberate a few weeks ago. (That was the first time I had met him.)

Sadly, 5 of his fellow soldiers were killed during the battle which lasted for 2 hours. These young men of Iraq are sacrificing greatly to defeat ISIS.

It's an honor to stand beside them in this historic conflict.