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Iraqi ambassador to run Boston Marathon

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily at the Tokyo marathon (Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.) Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily at the Tokyo marathon (Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.)

Among the thousands who will run the Boston Marathon for the first time next month in honor of last year’s bombing victims will be Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States.

His challenge, he said in a recent speech, is to keep United States interested in Iraq’s welfare.

“What you have here in the United States, which some people have been calling the Iraq fatigue-ness, does not apply in Iraq,” Faily said during a talk at American University in February. “We don’t have U.S. fatigue-ness in Iraq. What we have is the eagerness by all Iraqis for a strong and long-term healthy relationship with the United States.”

It’s with that platform in mind that Faily will run the Boston Marathon on April 21, to show that when terrorism happens in America, Iraq’s government will stand with the United States.

“The ambassador was keen to run a marathon this year and given Iraq’s experience with terrorism, the Boston marathon was seen as a timely opportunity to show solidarity with victims from both our countries,” Ali Al-Mawlawi at the embassy told the Loop.

Faily ran two marathons in Tokyo when he was ambassador there. He’s been in Washington around nine months, and Boston will be his first American race. And he’s taken to social media to promote it.

On Monday, Faily tweeted:


Then Wednesday he tweeted that he spoke to Runner’s World magazine about the race:

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.



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