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News :: Civil & Human Rights : International Relations : Peace & War

Virginian Catholic Worker Travels to Iraq with Najaf Peace Team

(Najaf, Iraq) As numerous people from nonprofit organizations working in Iraq evacuated the country during the past week, an independent emergency delegation of U.S. civilians was preparing to enter the conflict-torn nation, traveling to the tense stand-off around Najaf, where the U.S. military recently deployed almost 3,000 troops for a looming assault to crush Shiite rebels there.

Brian Buckley of the Little Flower Catholic Worker community in Louisa, Virginia, is part of the Najaf Emergency Peace Team, "Peace Between Peoples". The team is a handful of determined volunteers from several well-established peace/global justice/human rights and religious organizationsm, and has now arrived in the area, to place themselves "nonviolently, symbolically and physically" between the U.S. armed forces amassed nearby and the civilian population of the ancient holy city - in the way of any American military assault.

** Regular updates from Brian sent via email are being posted as comments to this feature. **
 

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