Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Despite its common portrayal, Iraq is not all desert. There are marshes to the south around Basrah, and mountains to the north and northeast. In fact, its snowing right now in the Sulaymaniyah province along the Iranian border. I took this picture over Sulaymaniyah on the way up to visit the first graduating class of the new police academy in the area.