Well, we're here in Iraq now, somewhere in the Northern parts of it. I'm stationed at a "non-disclosed" installation somewhere northwest of
Baghdad. Here's a pic for you:
There isn't really much going on here. So far (By so far I mean a few days), other than some small-arms fire that were not aimed at my deployment,
our patrols have been going cold so far. We did run by a small satchel that was deployed on the side of the road, however. We found it during one of
the night patrols, radioed into detachment HQ, and that was that. We let the demolition guys take care of it, we didn't stick around to find out if
it was live munition or not.
We have patrols every two nights or so, and on those nights, we'll usually run two - three different recon. or regular patrols through the city and
it's outlying areas.
Of the two days that we don't run night patrols, one day will be spent with security detail on the base itself, while the other day may consist of
a) nothing or b) a day operation through the city, defensive means only. (Meaning we are not to fire unless fired upon, etc.)
Unfortunately, I think that is why the media makes Iraq out to be such a mess, and I can see now why some may consider it to be like Vietnam. Not that
I do think it will turn out like that, from what I have seen so far, and heard so far, this place is fairly quieter than what the world's media makes
it all out to be.
Anyways, the rules and regulations upon which we must operate are already not settling well with me. I fear they are putting my men in jeopardy, and I
hope that I am wrong.
As for some of the stories I have heard, this place isn't all that bad. Beautiful nights, great landscape; the only problem is this heat. Other than
that, the violence isn't all that bad - or as extreme - as it is played out to be on TV and in other forms of media.
That's all I know for now, I'll update after my next operation (probably tomorrow night sometime).
[edit on 26-7-2005 by WeBDeviL]