Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Perspective: 'I'd take a bullet for them'

Members of the 6th Iraqi Army Division, patrol through the streets of Mahmudiyah in joint mission with U.S. forces

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq Feb. 26, 2007 — "I'd take a bullet for them and I know they'd take a bullet for me," says U.S. Army Maj. Alvaro Roa. He calls them "my guys" and takes pride that they are the best in the brigade. It's obvious there's a friendship — the type forged in combat — between Roa and his men, the soldiers of the Babylon battalion of the Iraqi 6th Army.

"I get about 50 man kisses a day," Roa says, referring to the traditional Iraqi greeting, "and it doesn't bother me at all." Roa is the chief of one of more than 400 transition teams — American soldiers that live, work and fight with Iraqi security forces.

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