Today is the 67th anniversary of the raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima.
During the bloody battle, in which the U.S. fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from Japan, five U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy corpsman raised the flag atop Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal was there to record it.
The photo was reprinted in thousands of publications, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and is considered of the most iconic images of war. (History.com)
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Follow-ups of the morning
— Matthew Bannister of the BBC spoke to Fatima al-Qaws, the woman who appeared in the above World Press Photo of the year, and her son, Zayed. “I remember the moment that I embraced him because I thought he was dying. I was crying, but I wasn’t crying because I was sad, I was crying because I had found my son and he wasn’t dead yet,”she told him. (BBC)
Violence of the morning
— Videos from Syria continue to show strikes against residential neighborhoods in Homs. The rising death toll has spurred the international community to meet in preparation for issuing a challenge to President Bashar al-Assad, asking him to agree to a cease-fire. (AP)
— Dozens of people were killed in Iraq on Thursday after a series of bomb blasts went off in Baghdad. (Washington Post)
— President Obama apologized to Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai over the Koran burning incident that triggered violent anti-American riots in the country. Two U.S. service members have been killed in the violence. (CBS)
Au revoirs of the morning
— France bade adieu to the term “mademoiselle,” after the prime minister ordered it removed as an option on all official forms and registries. (Le Monde)