Iraqi soldiers get behind the lens to document history
Each time Iraqis have gone to the polls — in January, October and December — U.S. military photographers have accompanied them, sending out images to the Multi-National Force-Iraq Web site.
The images were celebratory scenes of Iraqis casting ballots, taken from outside and inside the polling centers. In some cases, the sensitivity of having U.S. soldiers anywhere near the polling places resulted in shots from across a street or from opposite a line of voters.
But on Thursday, the U.S. military added another element — photographs attributed to Iraqi army soldiers.
Several photographs credited to Iraqi army Pfc. Hadi Kadhim Diulmi were posted on the MNFI Web site showing voters in the polling stations in Diwaniyah. The photographs are posted alongside others taken by U.S. Air Force and Army photographers. Some of those pictures are taken from outside the polling stations, some appear to be taken from within.