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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
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A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
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Albany-- Georgia National Guard troops training at Fort Stewart are seeing and hearing what it's like to face an angry crowd on an Iraqi street. Mixed in with the American actors in this training scenario are a handful of Iraqi citizens screaming at the soldiers in Arabic.
"Okay guys, let's have a good one," the Iraqi national leading the training told the group as they prepared to start the training. The man we'll call Samir grew up in Iraq as Saddam Hussein was coming into power. "It was very difficult," he said. We don't want to reveal Samir's identity because he wants to return to Iraq to work with the U.S. military there, and he could become a target for insurgents.
When Samir was a teenager, his family sneaked out of Iraq. "We had to leave in kind of secrecy. Even the neighbors didn't know that we were departing the country." After a brief stay in Lebanon, the family came to the United States. "I love this country, and I love back home in Iraq where I was born."
That's why Samir wants to help American troops help the people of Iraq. "It's my honor to do it," Samir said. H teaches classes about Iraqi culture and history to U.S. troops. "We show them our traditions."
He also leads realistic training to prepare soldiers for the dangers of Iraq. "We want to keep them safe while they're there and also to keep our citizens in Iraq there safe too," Samir said.
He admits Iraqis don't feel safe right now, but he hopes that will change. Samir said, "Iraqi people are good people, and they're going to have a bright future." And that good future depends largely on support from the United States.
"Democracy is not going to happen overnight. It's going to take a little while. And hopefully, it's going in the right direction." And Samir is committed to pointing Georgia troops in the right direction, so that one day he can return to an Iraq that is a Home for the Free.