The local inhabitant of Al Tafar gives the Americans information about Murph’s whereabouts and shows sincere surprise at the young man’s state, as he proves unable to understand why Murph would choose to walk around naked and alone in such a dangerous area. His honesty about what he has seen is meant to defend the truth as much as to protect Iraqis from the Americans’ aggressive searching techniques.
The Iraqi Man Character Timeline in The Yellow Birds
The timeline below shows where the character The Iraqi Man appears in The Yellow Birds. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: October 2004 – Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq