They say all's fair in love and war; unless, perhaps, it involves the U. But, as Correspondent Scott Pelley reported last spring, there was one thing the Army didn't count on.
A year ago, when an American soldier fell in love in Baghdad, his commander ordered him not to marry. That's when the Army came down with both boots and ordered Blackwell home, 7,000 miles from his bride, Ehdaa, apparently never to see her again.
She went to medical school; he held to a family tradition, following his father and six uncles into the military. Blackwell's turn at something his family knows all too well.The battalion commander said he couldn't trust Blackwell's judgment and didn't want him around.When 60 Minutes met Ehdaa in Baghdad, she didn't know if she would ever see her husband again. Sometimes, I say that I must be strong for him," says Ehdaa. The love must win in the end."And, in a sense, it did."To be honest, when I first met her, I was like, you know, she's very, very attractive, but you know, what's the point of trying to start a relationship over here? "And the more we talked, we started learning more about each other, and it didn't take long for, you know, emotional attachment to grow there.""I saw a tall, shy, handsome. I do believe this now."After three months of war-zone dating, Blackwell pulled the trigger -- keeping, of course, with local tradition, where a marriage proposal is a question asked man-to-man.He had the most beautiful eyes I have ever saw," says Ehdaa. Blackwell asked Ehdaa's brother, who told him, "I'd be honored for you to marry my sister." But under local law, a Muslim woman can marry only a Muslim man.