In Reply to: Saddam's regime in Baghdad collapsing, Iraqis cheer posted by Newswatcher on April 09, 2003 at 08:54:39:
THE STREETS OF Sulaimaniyah, normally quiet at lunchtime, filled with delighted crowds after pictures showing celebrations in Baghdad aired on satellite television here.
Those images were apparently enough to convince Kurds that the tide had turned against Saddam’s government.
Around Sulaimaniyah’s major bazaar, thousands whistled and danced in circles, nearly delirious with joy. Many held quickly assembled placards proclaiming U.S. President George W. Bush a “peace hero.”
“This is the happiest day of my life,” said Hadi Hakim, an unemployed 25-year-old, pausing briefly from his dance routine. “The Kurds have been saved from Saddam.”