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“American good fortune or failure in Iraq may possibly rely on no matter if the Iraqis like American infantrymen or not.” The U.S. army may well definitely have used that little bit of knowledge in 2003, as violence started to eclipse the Iraq War’s early successes. paradoxically, had the military merely seemed in its personal files, they might have stumbled on it—that piece of recommendation is from a handbook the U.S. struggle division passed out to American servicemen published in Iraq again in 1943. the recommendation in directions for American Servicemen in Iraq in the course of international conflict II, awarded the following in a brand new facsimile version, keeps a shocking, even haunting, relevance in mild of today’s muddled efforts to win Iraqi hearts and minds. Designed to aid American infantrymen comprehend and deal with what was once on the time an totally surprising culture—the handbook explains the right way to pronounce the notice Iraq, for instance—this short, obtainable instruction manual  mixes do-and-don’t-style counsel (“Always admire the Moslem women.” “Talk Arabic if you happen to can to the folks. irrespective of how badly you do it, they are going to like it.”) with normal observations on Iraqi heritage and society. The book’s total message nonetheless earrings true—dramatically so—more than sixty years later: deal with an Iraqi and his kinfolk with honor and appreciate, and you'll have a robust best friend; deal with him with disrespect and you'll create an unyielding enemy.With a foreword via Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl reflecting at the manual’s carrying on with applicability—and lamenting that it was once unknown firstly of the invasion—this new version of directions for American Servicemen in Iraq may be crucial examining for an individual who cares concerning the way forward for Iraq and the destiny of the yankee squaddies serving there. (20070618)

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Eat with your right hand-never with your left, even if you are a southpaw. Always tear bread with your fingers-never cut it. Bread to the Moslems is holy. Don't throw scraps of it about or let it fall on the ground. In the city eat only part of the first course. There may be more coming. In the country leave some food in the bowl-what you leave goes to the women and children. Don't offer Moslems food containing pork, bacon, or lard, or cooked in pork products. All such food is religiously "unclean" to them.

THE LANGUAGE THE native language of Iraq is Arabic. You will not need to know many words to get along. A few simple words will go a long way. :~~! ★ ★ 18 phrases-you will find a helpful list at the end of this guide-and talk to the Iraqis in their own language. They will like it even if your pronunciation is not the same as theirs. They will be especially pleased when you use their polite salutations even if you do not know any other words. When you hear one of them speak Englishno matter how badly-you will understand the pleasure they feel when you speak to them in their language.

Of it. Even when speaking to Iraqi men, no mention should be made of their female relatives. The Iraqi them★ ★ 16 selves follow this custom and would resent anyone, especially a foreigner, not doing the same. To repeat-don't make a pass at any Moslem woman or there will be trouble. Anyway, it won't get you anywhere. Prostitutes do not walk the streets but live in special quarters of the cities. Iraqi Hospitality. If you are entertained in an Iraqi city home, you will probably find dishes and silverware and customs somewhat like our own.

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