Thousands mourn Indian-born US soldier killed in Iraq

September 5th, 2005  

Topic: Thousands mourn Indian-born US soldier killed in Iraq



AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - Thousands of mourners in the western Indian state of Gujarat thronged the burial of an Indian-born US soldier who died on duty in war-torn
Iraq, witnesses said.

Hatim Kathiria, who was killed in a rocket attack on a warehouse in Baghdad on August 22, was flown to his hometown of Dahod, where relatives, friends and thousands of residents attended his burial.

The crowds showered flowers and sang Islamic hymns as the body of 23-year-old Kathiria, who had studied computer engineering before leaving India for the United States, was driven to a burial ground of Dahod, a tiny town in coastal Gujarat.

"I have no regrets of my son joining the US army," said the Muslim trooper's father, Siraj Kathiria.

Kathiria, who travelled to Dallas, Texas in 2003, joined the US Army a year later in the hope a stint in the forces would fund a college scholarship in the United States.

"He planned to work as a soldier for four years and then get back to academics," his father said. "The Almighty had other plans. Even then, I don't think Siraj was wrong in taking this decision."

In November 2003, Sergeant Uday Singh, 21, became the first Indian-born US soldier to be killed in Iraq.

September 5th, 2005  
That hits right home
September 5th, 2005  
Sad News

Btw, Iranian-American community have already lost 2 GIs in Iraq so far

The last one of them was onboard that CH-53 chopper which went down near Jordanian border couple of Mos ago.
September 5th, 2005  
It is nice to see that he has so many that love and mourn him. I can only hope that at my death, be it violent or peaceful, that I am loved even 10% of that.