According to an email regarding this Bare Naked Islam photo (shookhran to mark),
This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood , TexasSnopes points out that the sculptor was paid, while adding that "the Kalat story and photo ran in" the Dallas Morning News of "27 March 2004 and was afterwards picked up and reprinted by newspapers all over the U.S." We can only wonder where in the newspaper(s) the photos ran (page 24 of section C, 5th column, towards the bottom?)…
The statue was created 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. Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors
Kalat worked on this memorial 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.
Do you know why we don’t hear about this in the news? Because it is heart warming and praise worthy.