November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers.

Sorry the blog is slow. It's hard to write in Iraq. I have some good material, though, and I should have something for you to read soon enough. Most likely I will publish a few short pieces first, but I started working on a long dispatch today that I think you'll enjoy. It will be more intense than anything I've published here in a while.

Stay tuned.

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November 19, 2008

In Country

I've just arrived in Baghdad and am waiting in the Green Zone for a flight to my unit elsewhere in the city.

Traveling to and around Iraq is a horrendous pain in the ass, but flying over Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter is always a treat. Below are some photos from my flight in today.

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Blackhawk Over Baghdad 1.jpg

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November 12, 2008

On My Way to Baghdad

Battle of Ramadi.jpg

My request to embed with the U.S. Army in Baghdad has been approved, and it turns out that I need to leave a bit earlier than I expected. It will take a while before I actually get there

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November 8, 2008

PJTV Interview

Sorry I've been away from the site since the election. My wife and I spent a few days in Southern California visiting family. I'm back now.

While I'm settling back in, you can watch Roger L. Simon interview me for Pajamas TV if you're a subscriber.

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November 4, 2008

Election Night

I voted, as always, and if you're an American, I hope you did, too. I'm going to an election party tonight with a politically mixed crowd of my closest friends. We are not going to yell at each other about politics, not even tonight. That's just not something we do.

This is a foreign correspondence blog, and I don't want to get bogged down in polarizing domestic American politics, at least not on the front page. But this election is important, so I'm starting an open thread in the comments.

Who did you vote, and why?

If you do leave a comment, please be nice to those who voted a different way than you did. And remember to feel relieved that we have peaceful transitions of power in this country. In some of the countries I visit and report from, that isn't always the case. Politics elsewhere is sometimes a question of who lives and who dies.

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November 3, 2008

Killing a Crocodile

Last week the United States military conducted a raid inside Syria and killed Al Qaeda leader Abu Ghadiya in a shootout in the village of Sukariyeh. Syria

Posted by Michael J. Totten at 10:23 AM | Permalink | 3 Comments »

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