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.

Sunday, December 12, 2004


I'm back from the borders, safe and sound. For obvious reasons, I couldn't say where exactly I was before I left. But now that I'm back . . . .

I did a tour of the Syrian border, ending at the southernmost point of entry with Syria, al Waleed. I've done this trip before, but somehow this one took a lot more out of me. The flight schedule was brutal. We left after midnight for a 2 hour helo ride. They fly with the front windows open for the gunners, and the nighttime low is usually around 35 degrees or so. So as you might guess, it was a wee bit chilly. We finally arrived and settled in, and our accomodations for the 2 nights turned out to be the spare room in this "chapel". Somehow it felt safer falling asleep that night.