Rocky Mountain News An Iraqi mayor stood before troops lined up on the lawn at Fort Carson on Friday morning and said only two words in English. But those two words brought the crowd to its feet. "Thank you." It was a telling gesture from Tal Afar Mayor Najim Al Jibouri, who spoke for about 20 minutes in his native tongue praising the 3rd Armored Cavalry for saving his city from certain ruin. It was his first trip to the United States, arriving via Washington, D.C., then coming to Colorado Springs with his wife and son. The mayor was invited as a part of a welcoming ceremony at Fort Carson for those who had just finished another tour in Iraq.
Al Jibouri, dressed in a black suit with a lavender tie, said he was glad to be back among them. "Are you truly my friends?" he asked through a translator. "Yes. I walk a happier man because you are my friends. You are the world to me. I smell the sweet perfume that emanates from your flower of your strength, honor and greatness in every corner of Tal Afar. The nightmares of terror fled when the lion of your bravery entered our city."
That is an interesting way of expressing a feeling which clearly came from his heart.