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Leaving Baghdad - Abbas Mousa

“It was now or never.”

Photo by Brian Powers

Leaving Baghdad

by Abbas Mousa

Abbas Mousa flees Iraq and becomes a translator for the US Army.

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Abbas Mousa (second from right) with his family on the day of his college graduation.

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Abbas in Baghdad two days before he received his special immigrant visa.

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"A couple of days after I took my big suitcase and left for Kurdistan state in Northern Iraq. This is the square when I would sit and watch people."

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Abbas on the job, translating between SPC Sohnrey and workers.

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"After Cowboy became my nickname, I really embraced the character." - Abbas