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Claim: Photographs show a mass re-enlistment ceremony held in Iraq on the Fourth of July.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Origins: When the United States celebrates its Independence Day, not all of those celebrations take place within the U.S. Many Americans who are members of the armed services, are employed in government service, or are otherwise stationed away from their home country celebrate the
One such away-from-home Independence Day celebration, at Camp Victory (a
In Iraq, the U.S. military celebrated the Fourth of July with what it billed as "the largestDespite the claims made in the text accompanying the photographs displayed above, the
Gen. David Petraeus, head of all coalition forces in Iraq, administered the oath in Saddam Hussein's former Al-Faw Palace in Baghdad. John Phillip Sousa's marches blended with roars of "Freedom,"
Money was an incentive for many but so was a belief in what they are doing more than five years into a war far away from their homes. Hundreds were in their second and third tours in the combat zone.
"There's no place I'd rather be to celebrate America's birthday than here in Iraq," said Petraeus, who described the troops as "America's new 'Greatest Generation.'"
The general compared the
After the ceremony in one of the late dictator's
Last updated: 23 September 2008
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