Bonds of War

December 2, 2007

Author: Joseph P. Kahn

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 9, 2003, after Saddam Hussein's statue fell in Baghdad's Firdos Square, 22-year-old university student Mohammed Harba joined a cheering throng in the streets of Hillah, his hometown. more stories like this

Harba spoke excellent English. An American military officer overheard him and offered him a translating job on the spot. Weeks later he was assigned to a young US Marine lieutenant from Massachusetts, Seth Moulton, whose duties included working with the newly liberated Iraqi media.

The two shared a strong desire to make a difference in post-Hussein Iraq. Beginning that June and for 10 weeks thereafter, they collaborated on an unusual television news show broadcast widely throughout Iraq. The 30-minute program, dubbed "Moulton and Mohammed," aired twice a week and reported with often surprising candor on the failures of the post-invasion period, along with its [successes]. In the process it made media stars out of its personable young coanchors.