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


This is Saddam's main palace in Tikrit, current home of the 1st Infantry Division. It's truly a remarkable palace, sitting right on top of a bluff overlooking the Tigris. Legend has it that the last christian in Tikrit rode his horse off the bluff into the river rather than convert.