Weber State University adjunct professor John Beal is on a two-week peacemaking trip to northern Iraq with the Christian Peacemaker Team. He is one of a half dozen Americans who will be visiting Kurdistan in northern Iraq trying to document war crimes and help mediate tensions between Kurds and Turkey.
The Standard-Examiner has a longer story about Beal's trip today here: http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/10/12/wsu-english-professor-iraq-part-christian-peacemaker-team.
The four-member delegation sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams arrived in Istanbul, Turkey today. After a day of orientation, they will travel to northern Iraq over the weekend. Based in Suleimaniya, in the Kurdish Regional Government area, the delegation will meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations and human rights groups, displaced persons, villagers affected by cross-border bombings, and others to gain perspective on the challenges facing people in northern Iraq.
Members of the delegation are Gerald Paoli (Chicago, Illinois), Beal (Ogden, Utah), Patrick Maxwell (Winchester, Massachusetts), and Rachel Stacy (Wallingford, Pennsylvania).
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical violence-reduction initiative with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant churches. CPT has had a presence in Iraq since October 2002, first in Baghdad and since November 2006 in the Kurdish north.