This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!… This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq! — Muntader al-Zaidi, 29, an Iraqi television correspondent, upon throwing his black dress shoes at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
More than 10,000 Iraqis, mostly supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, gathered in Baghdad’s Firdos Square on Friday to protest the security agreement with the United States that Parliament is scheduled to vote on on Monday. — Protests in Baghdad on U.S. Pact , New York Times.
We have always said this is not a perfect solution for the Iraqi side and it is not a perfect solution for the American side. But it is a procedure which was forced by circumstances and necessity. This is the time after the progress in the security situation to transfer the security file to the Iraqi side, step by step. — Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, after the Iraqi cabinet approved a security agreement that sets conditions for the United States’ presence until 2011.
My brother took my hand and we ran. And I had a feeling then that life was precious… Thank God that I cannot see because my friends had such a bad time after that. I tried to comfort them, but they could not forget because they had seen the man with the gun. — Ahmed Abdul Rasool, an 18-year-old blind student in Baghdad, recalling how a gunman began shooting while he played outside.
I repeat my demand to the occupier to leave our land without keeping bases or signing agreements. If they keep bases, then I would support honorable resistance. — Iraqi Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr on ongoing negotiations on a security agreement between the United States and the Iraqi government.
I rushed to the site and saw several girl students trapped in a bus and screaming for help. We took the girls outside the bus and rushed them to the hospitals. — An Iraqi witness to a triple bombing that killed dozens in Baghdad.
I cannot believe what happened. Who can plant a bomb in this fortified area in the presence of police patrols? — Policeman at the scene of a bombing in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior’s criminal investigations unit in Baghdad.
…either convert to Islam or pay the jizyah or leave the city or face death. — Leaflets distributed in predominately Christian neighborhoods in Mosul, Iraq.
It is like they are living with a red dot on their head. With the quietness of the Predator, you never knew when a Hellfire [missile] would come through your window. — A former US military official on new surveillance technologies being used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan that are believed to be able to see through building walls.