Gen. Nijm al-Jabouri at Saddam Hussein’s former palace compound in Mosul, where he is in charge of Mosul security. In 2003, he thought the new Iraq would be orderly, liberal and secular. “We thought we would breathe freedom, we would become like Europe,” he says. Instead, he says, “We returned to the Dark Ages.”

Gen. Nijm al-Jabouri at Saddam Hussein’s former palace compound in Mosul, where he is in charge of Mosul security. In 2003, he thought the new Iraq would be orderly, liberal and secular. “We thought we would breathe freedom, we would become like Europe,” he says. Instead, he says, “We returned to the Dark Ages.”