Cigars in the Sand

Commentary, Notes and Pictures from my time in Iraq

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Location: Baghdad, Iraq

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

On our way out to al Waleed, we saw a group of four men standing alongside the road from our CH-46s. Now given that they were in the middle of the desert with no vehicle in sight, in an area notorious for terrorist activity, we decided to investigate. The first bird landed to talk to the men while we circled. This is the picture I snapped over our gunner's shoulder. On the north side of the road just above the point of the 50-cal gun, you can see the four men lined up. They readily admitted that they were petty thieves, stealing bolts from the guardrails and the like. Since we had more important missions that day, we decided to move on without further incident. Circling in a helicopter for 20 minutes while the ground crew was doing there thing didn't seem to please my stomach too much though . . .