“Sitting where the troops had ordered him to sit – in front of an open-air cigarette store – the suspect flicked out of his pocket several folded sheets of handwritten notes. It was clear he hoped the pages would land unnoticed amid the clutter of the store just a step away.
They did not. A soldier scooped them up and handed them to an Iraqi interpreter working for the Americans. ‘Who has this? He is an insurgent!’ shouted the interpreter, known only to the soldiers as Jeff the Fighting Kurd.
Jeff and another interpreter quickly translated the pages for the American officers who gathered around.”