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.

Friday, January 28, 2005


Defenders of the Syrian border. Two Army officers, two Iraqi officers, and one completely-out-of-place civilian adviser hamming it up in front of one of the new Iraqi border forts not far from Syria.