[“Iraq: Christmas 2009“: observations, images and sounds from Iraq, Christmas 2009, a series of posts by Jake Warga.]
Last night I flew in a C-17 military transport.
Today I rode through the red-zone of Baghdad in the belly of a blast-proof stryker.
Tonight I fly in a helicoptor to Northern Iraq, possibly in a Blackhawk.
A ride in a bullet proof suburban.
I hope I don’t get a fuel bill for my transportation.
I’m eating in dining halls where you can’t bring bags or wear hats, but you are REQUIRED to have a weapon (I have only my wit).
Had crab legs for lunch, lean times.
Got a cold sleeping in a tent last night in a thunder storm.
I can hear prayer to call, earlier I heard gunfire, but I’m surrounded by concrete walls… just like in Israel.
I’m learning that the success of a soldier is not measured in bravery, but patience.
More photos from Dubai. Above: Dune bashing in the desert. Below: View from my hotel, Dubai Marina Area.
Text, audio, images © 2009 Jake Warga.