Citizen journalist Ali Hamdani reflects on the Iraq war

Ali Hamdani becomes tearful as he watches one of his old reports of the invasion. Photo: ITV News

During the Iraq invasion, Iraqi doctor Ali Hamdani regularly provided ITV News with updates on the situation in the country's capital Baghdad.

He was prepared to risk his live on a daily basis to show "what was happening to my country".

Hamadani's reports covered every day in Iraq - from the electricity they had for only four hours a day, meals with family and the daily food shop to reporting on the bombing of the Mosque of the Golden dome in Samarra and Saddam’s trial.

He recently spoke again to ITV News about his memories of the war and his new life in the US.

Report by Paul Davies

Ali also covered the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007.

During this time, he interviewed Iraqi translators who had been left behind, denied asylum in the UK and persecuted in their home country as a result.

He finally decided to leave Iraq after an attempted assassination. A stickybomb has been put under his car - exploding when he was only metres away.

Ali Hamdani reports covers a protest after an attack at a mosque.
Ali Hamdani's reports covered many aspects of the war including regular bombings. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

Ironically, he had been reporting that day about how security was returning to Western Baghdad.

He now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and says he never wants to go back to Iraq.

As someone who has only ever lived through war: the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s, Gulf War and sanctions in the 1990s and then the 2003 invasion, life in the US for him is like "a movie".

He now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and says he never wants to go back to Iraq.

As someone who has only ever lived through war: the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s, Gulf War and sanctions in the 1990s and then the 2003 invasion, life in the US for him is like "a movie".

Ali pictured with his niece in the US.

It is ironic, in a way the US was actually the country which invaded my place and caused all that mess and destruction and on many occasions killed people that I know.

The US destroyed my life in one hand, and in the other hand they handed me life back again. And they gave me that hope of a new life, maybe a better life for myself and my family.

– Ali Hamdani

Watch this extended footage of Ali comparing his life today with ten years ago.