The Debt We Owe Iraqi Interpreters

Michael Breen, The Christian Science Monitor: "For a platoon leader on the streets of Iraq, a trusted interpreter can be the difference between a successful patrol and a body bag. At great personal risk, interpreters bridge the language gap, guide soldiers and Marines through unfamiliar streets, serve as cultural advisers, and make crucial introductions. Unfortunately, the same US military that depends on them has needlessly placed Iraqi interpreters and their families in jeopardy. For the past several months, commanders in Baghdad enforced an ill-considered policy prohibiting Iraqi interpreters from wearing masks to conceal their identities while on patrol."

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