17 Mar. 2004
Baghdad, Iraq - Republic of
U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square, in this file photo from April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
“I woke up around 6am and started driving around Baghdad. The Americans had captured most of the city already. I went to the hospital to see my colleague Samia Nakhoul, who was injured in the U.S. firing on the Palestine hotel that also killed my colleague and friend Taras Protsyuk the day before. I came back to our hotel, which was surrounded by Americans, to file some pictures.
Francesca, one of our London editors, called me and told me the Saddam statue was coming down. I went down there and took pictures of this guy looking at the statue. I came closer to him and had the perfect picture – a U.S. Marine looking at a statue pulled down by Americans. I didn’t expect this picture to be in so many publications. I was contacted once by the Lieutenant in the picture asking for the original file but unfortunately I lost his email contact. If he sees this post, I’d kindly ask him to contact me.”