US military legacy rubs off on Iraqi youth

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US military legacy rubs off on Iraqi youth
Nov 28, 2011

US military legacy rubs off on Iraqi youth

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_HIP_HOP_IRAQ?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-11-26-09-38-40

After more than eight years in Iraq, the departing American military's legacy includes a fledgling democracy, bitter memories of war, and for the nation's youth, rap music, tattoos and slang.

"I love the American soldiers," said Mohammed Adnan, 15, who pastes imitation tattoos on his arm. Adnan lives in the Sadr City, the Baghdad base of followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has threatened violence against U.S. troops if they stay beyond 2011.

Showbiz and military chic aside, young Iraqis agree that the American troops opened their minds to the outside world. The wait for a place in an English classes, for example, can last months.

It is amazing how culture is transferred. A few months ago I also saw an article about how popular some of the Iraqi food was among the military men and women serving in Iraq and that quite a few had returned to the U.S. and opened Iraqi restaurants. Also, quite a few had married Iraqi women (and probably some women have married Iraqi men).

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