Zayn al-Jibouri, Michael Zacchea and Abdel-ridha Gibrael. An Arab, an American and a Kurd with a shared mission in the most dangerous place on earth.
"There are notions that Americans fail to recognize as nothing more than our own beliefs: Things as elevated as the concept of peaceful diversity, and as mundane as not driving on sidewalks."
June 30, 2004: Fifth Battalion soldiers celebrate the end of their intensive training. Iraq regained its sovereignty just two days earlier. The real struggle was about to start.
"Something returned to me from an impossibly distant Notre Dame lit class: 'Abandon hope all ye who enter here, Through me you pass into the city of woe, Through me you pass into eternal pain.'"
"The men boarded troop carriers and moved to positions north of the city. We would sit there for awhile, trading fire with the enemy. We wanted them to shoot at us."