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US legacy unwritten as Iraq combat mission ends — commanders FEATURE 09/02/2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

US legacy unwritten as Iraq combat mission ends — commanders

FEATURE

09/02/2010
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ — Army Col. Charles Sexton likes to tell his soldiers that, 19 years on from his first involvement with Iraq, the US military’s legacy here remains largely unwritten.

Sitting in his office on Contingency Operating Site Marez, just outside the main northern city of Mosul, where insurgent groups wreaked havoc in the aftermath of the US-led invasion of 2003, the 48-year-old recounts a story he has told his troops.

On a recent break in France, Sexton and his wife visited Chateau-Thierry, a town east of Paris, where he saw a monument to the US army’s Third Infantry Division’s contributions during the two World wars.

“The monument is beautiful, it’s gorgeous... everything was kept perfectly and it was in a beautiful spot,” says Sexton, now the commander of the Third Division’s 2nd Brigade.

“And there is, just outside this town... another little sign, it’s about maybe 18 to 20 inches, and it says ‘Cimetiere Allemand,’ which is ‘German Cemetery’. ... It wasn’t well-kept, it was just a cemetery.”.... MORE

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