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David Risley - War On Terror

David S. Risley is a long-time Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the Central District of Illinois office. In November 2005 he joined the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, an agency of the Department of Justice, working directly with the Iraqi High Tribunal. David worked on Saddam Hussein’s War Crimes trial for a period of nine months, specifically as an assistant investigator on crimes against the Marsh Arabs.

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Typical Marsh Arab dwelling in southern Iraq.

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From book The Marsh Arabs, 1964 by Wilfred Thesiger

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Flat boat of the type used by Marsh Arabs.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Marsh Arabs in their natural habitat.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Water buffalo were a staple of the Marsh Arab economy.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Typical village in marsh before Saddam's liquidation campaign.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Aerial shot showing the impact of Saddam's drainage efforts.

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A marsh-Arab village is left high and dry.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Baroness Emma Nicholson, who fought for recognition of the marsh-Arabs' plight.

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Photo provided to David Risley for his use

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Restored marshes following the American occupation.

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More restored marshes.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Restored marshes.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Marsh Arab in typical apparel.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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A Marsh Arab woman reveals a baby she had hidden under her robe.

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Typical Marsh Arab woman.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Map of the Green Zone in Baghdad.

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Bagdad

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http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iraq/baghdad-green-zone.htm

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Dave on a rooftop overlooking the Green Zone and 14th of July Bridge over the Tigris River.

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Bagdad

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Saddam's Presidential Palace in the Green Zone.

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Bagdad

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Larry Farrell

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The Palace rotunda.

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Larry Farrell

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Palace ceiling, illustrating the opulence of Saddam's palace.

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Larry Farrell

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Abandoned statues of Saddam Hussein moved to temporary storage in the Green Zone.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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The parade ground in Green Zone, w/Crossed Sabers monument.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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Helmets of dead Iranians at base of Crossed Sabers monument.

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Jonathan Tait-Harris

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David during a helicopter ride over Baghdad.

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Bagdad

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An upscale Baghdad neighborhood next to the Tigris.

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A typical Baghdad neighborhood. Note the satellite dishes.

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A typical Baghdad neighborhood.

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Bagdad

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Risley private collection

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Dave Risley with Major Sean Mecham, Risley's Latter Day Saints group leader while in Baghdad.

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JD Greer (on the right) and the 'Doc' in the Green Zone. Greer later lost a hand to an explosively formed projectile.

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Investigative Judge Mohammed Uraiby Al-chalifa with Dave Risley in Baghdad.

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Risley in the courtroom where Saddam was tried in the Anfal case (Saddam's campaign against Kurds).

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The Baghdad Courtroom from judges' perspective.

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Courtroom in Baghdad where Saddam Hussein's war crimes trial occurred.

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Courtroom, a view from the bench.

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