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Soldiers get turkey for Easter -- Iraqi-style

Easter Sunday was a working day for the soldiers of Bravo Company, serving at a patrol base in Kirkuk, Iraq.

They patrolled -- on foot -- in the city marketplace, and visited the Citadel, where Daniel of the Old Testatment is said to be buried.

The soldiers of Bravo Company get mid-week visits from a chaplain stationed at the main U.S. air base in Kirkuk. Sundays are rarely a day of rest for the troops from Idaho.

Sunday evening as the chants from the final call to prayers sounded through the patrol base, interpreterJalal arrived with dinner: A hugeround platter with two baked turkeys on a bed of rice. The turkeys were split into sections -- with heads still attached

There were side dishes of flat bread, onions, olives and cabbage, along with a milk crate filled with fresh bananas and oranges. A two-tiered white angel food cake with a meringue frosting was dessert.

"Please join us," Jalal, said to the soldiers in the headquarters building. "I hope for all of you to have a happy time in Iraq and for all of you to go home safely to your families."

Jalal said it's a tradition for the interpreters to bring a dinner during holidays. "Because > you want these guys to feel like they're home. To make you feel a little bit better. I know you miss your families."

"They think turkey is the food all Americans eat during holidays, sothey're making us turkey," 1st Lt. Aaron Jarnagin said. The soldiers lined up and start digging into the turkey. They dared each other to take a bite out of the turkey head. (No one rose to the challenge)

Take a close look at the photo, right, and see if you'd take a bite...

— Roger Phillips and Kim Hughes

On a walking patrol in Kirkuk Easter Sunday, Staff Sgt. Brad Attebery of Weiser offered a small stuffed toy to a woman and her children."Those little girls just steal your heart," Attebery said.

— Kim Hughes

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