Iraq love dating site in iraq
In Baghdad in May 2003, amid the chaos, fear and hope (it is easy to forget how much hope there was in those early weeks when Americans and Iraqis began meeting face to face after years of tyranny and war), Jimmy and Lena were among the first to fall in love. Lena Ghadeer, her divorced mother, her brother and four sisterswere struggling to keep up appearances when American soldiers dragged Saddam's statue off its pedestal and turned their world upside down."You know, you're a really pretty lady," Jimmy told Lena the first day they met, courting her with the kind of straightforward gentility that Americans were known for back in the days of Gary Cooper and Clark Gable.
In 2003 and early 2004, when many of these love stories began, Iraqis and Americans could relate as people do anywhere, looking each other in the eye, shaking hands, sometimes holding hands.
Then in 2003, soon after she took her degree, the countdown began to yet another war."We knew this was going to be the end. You could see it in people's faces," says Zena, who has grown into a raven-haired beauty.
On the receiving end of shock and awe, Zena lived through 20 days of constant terror.
Then in another month he was gone, back to the United States.
Not for another year would they have their wedding—on July 4, 2004, in Amman, Jordan.
Her father was working for a children's book company, but as a Reserve officer in the Army he was called to the front. Her second war came just two years later, when Saddam invaded Kuwait and the Americans launched Desert Storm.