QAYYARAH, Iraq – We were driving out of the marketplace. The rains had turned the streets to mud. Most of the shops had closed. Few people were on the streets.
But as the convoy of an Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected vehicle and three Humvees began to drive away, an Iraqi boy sprinted from one of the shops to the roadside, where he smiled wide and offered a big thumbs-up. (Sorry the photo isn’t great. I scrambled to get my camera and then snapped a shot through the muddy windows.)
It was one of those encouraging moments that often get lost in the talk of roadside bombs and the Sons of Iraq and the status of forces agreement.