For exiles, Iraq beckons and repels

Ali al-Subiahi returned from his family’s self-imposed exile in the United States to reclaim a sense of himself in a new Iraq. At 26, he runs a string of private schools in Baghdad, bankrolled by his earnings as an interpreter for the United States military. He has adapted, showing what he considers an American entrepreneurial […]

Tim Arango reports for The New York Times:

Ali al-Subiahi returned from his family’s self-imposed exile in the United States to reclaim a sense of himself in a new Iraq.

At 26, he runs a string of private schools in Baghdad, bankrolled by his earnings as an interpreter for the United States military. He has adapted, showing what he considers an American entrepreneurial flair, advertising for his schools on blast walls left from the bloodiest days of the war.