On Wednesday's patrol I caught my first glimpse of Baghdad outside the wire in the daylight. The fact that a war is raging in this city is apparent at first glance, yet life goes on. Some of the areas we passed were composed of abandoned ruins and burned-out shells of buildings -- areas where nobody should want to set foot, not even in the daylight. Other areas were residential, with large handsome estates right next door to bombed-out buildings that must have been equally handsome years ago, before the American invasion. Some Iraqis walked down the streets casually, some were standing and conversing. Some -- particularly those with kids -- waved at the American Humvees as they passed, while others glared with manifest anger. All of the women I saw on the streets wore either burkas or heavy hijabs, and had male escorts. Although the roads themselves were relatively clean (almost certainly to reduce the chance of an IED attack), the sides of the roads were littered with trash.Check it out.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Another great read: Counterterrorism Blog
Counterterrorism Blog, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has been posting about his time embedded with the U.S. Army's 2nd Brigade, 32nd Field Artillery. Here's his first post, The Desert Heat, and his most recent, Baghdad: Patrolling Yarmouk. Mr. Gartenstein-Ross writes with the eye of an observant reporter who can bridge the world of the military with the world of everybody else. A brief sampling: