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Tough stuff.....<br><br>
"After nearly six months of overcoming financial and bureaucratic hurdles in a war zone, Freeman told the Iraqi man, there were promising signs that a pair of U.S. visas -- the last big step in getting Abu Ali's 11-year-old son to the United States for lifesaving heart surgery -- would be issued soon.<br><br>
"The Iraqi was speechless. He asked an interpreter to express his gratitude to the tall American soldier who had made saving the child's life an unofficial mission. Then he pulled out his camera, swung his arm around Freeman's broad shoulders and posed for three photographs.<br><br>
"Hours later, shortly before sunset Jan. 20, armed men in GMC trucks stormed into the government building in Karbala, in southern Iraq. They killed an American soldier, handcuffed Freeman and three other U.S. soldiers, hauled them into the vehicles and drove off. Freeman and the other abducted soldiers were later slain by the attackers."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/14/AR2007021401963.html?nav=hcmodule" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?nav=hcmodule</a><br><br>
Make sure you read on because it does have as good as an ending as one can expect out of this mess.
 

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UPDATE:<br><br><b>With Iraqi Boy's Surgery, a Time for Healing</b><br><br>
"Ali has recuperated enough after his Feb. 20 surgery at Schneider Children's Hospital on Long Island to walk around in sandals. A gentle, shy, skinny boy with a megawatt smile, he says he wants to be a soccer star.<br><br>
"This has been a gift for me," said Charlotte Freeman, 31, who flew in from California with her family this weekend to meet Abu Ali and his son and stay with them at the Ronald McDonald House. She smiled through tears at the boy. "Through Ali, Brian lives," she said."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/26/AR2007022601311_pf.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...601311_pf.html</a>
 
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