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 05, 2004


Terrorists often fire mortars into the Green Zone. Luckily the Green Zone is large enough that most fall harmlessly in unpopulated areas. Unfortunately they occasionally cause massive damage. This photo is the aftermath of the mortar attack on Thanksgiving Day that killed 4 Gurkha guards and wounded about 12 others.