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.

Soldier Over Baghdad 1.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 1.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 2.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 3.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 4.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 5.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 6.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 7.jpg

Blackhawk Over Baghdad 8.jpg

Posted by Michael J. Totten at November 19, 2008 6:38 AM
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Wonderful pictures. Thank you.

Posted by: shelly Author Profile Page at November 19, 2008 9:20 AM

Great fotos! Thanks.
Question, do the streets have names & numbers, and how easy is it to find somebody's place of residence with just an 'address'?

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad Author Profile Page at November 19, 2008 10:09 AM

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 11/19/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Posted by: David M Author Profile Page at November 19, 2008 10:29 AM

Cool!

What's that big white dome though? Looks like the city needs to be rebuilt from scratch. With all the oil the country has, if things take off economically in a few years (which would require long-term political stability) Baghdad might as well get a makeover,.. kind of like Baku, perhaps?

Posted by: medaura Author Profile Page at November 19, 2008 12:08 PM

Cool! Awesome shots.

Posted by: orfannkyl Author Profile Page at November 19, 2008 1:03 PM

In the last picture, in top right corner, there is something big on the background.

I wonder if this is one of Saddam's palaces. Thing looks huge.

Posted by: leo Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 5:39 AM

Great views!

It looks pretty calm, with smoke coming out of the smokestacks -

I was wondering about that huge lumpy building in the last picture too. Is that Saddam's mother of all mosques?

Posted by: maryatexitzero Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 9:19 AM

I thought so too at first but I do not see minarets.

Posted by: leo Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 10:21 AM

Globalsecurity.org has pictures of the al-Rahman mosque and it looks like the one in the bottom picture. It says that it is 750 ft across and takes up nearly 11 acres.

Posted by: mac0352 Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 10:44 AM

mac0352,

It looks like you are correct.

Thank you

Here is picture from close distance:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/50018413@N00/106282150/

Unfortunately, still under construction but it looks exactly like on Michael's picture.

Posted by: leo Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 4:25 PM

Can't wait for your reports. Thanks for the photos.
As someone previous said ---- It 'looks' pretty peaceful. I hope it is exactly that.

Posted by: dougf Author Profile Page at November 20, 2008 5:30 PM

I've been reading this blog as a break from classes for the last couple of years, and it has been a real pleasure to see the growth of readers and in-depth articles that have appeared. Keep up the great writing and great pictures, as it is much appreciated.

Posted by: Mantis Author Profile Page at November 22, 2008 9:14 AM
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