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Statue by Iraqi Artist 'Kalat' Pays Tribute to U.S. Soldiers

Viral images show a memorial statue by Iraqi artist Kalat honoring the American troops who liberated his country.

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Circulating since: Feb. 2004
Status: Partly true
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Email contributed by Karen, Feb. 7, 2004:


This picture of the statue below was made by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. This artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Kalat worked on this night and day for several months.

To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. It is currently on display outside the palace that is now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped and shown at the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.

Image source: Unknown, circulating via email

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