Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

FOB COBRA, IRAQ - JUNE 11, 2010: US soldiers carry the body of a SPC William Yauch killed in a car bomb attack in nearby Jalula.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

So Interpol, the Turks, and the Iraqi VP walk into a bar...

If you can recall, back in December the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki issued an arrest warrant for the Vice President, a Kurd named Tariq Al-Hashimi. I wondered if it was just the usual politics or if something deeper was going on.

Well, since then Hashimi has fled the country to Turkey and Interpol issued an alert for his arrest. Perhaps there is something to the allegations against the VP. I'd like to think that Interpol is above the influence of the prime minister of Iraq and that they actually weighed the evidence against Hashimi before issuing the alert.

Whatever the case, Turkey is having none of it and doesn't plan to extradite the VP.

Curious, very, very curious.

Just in case you were wondering, Hashimi is being accused of guiding and financing sectarian death squads that targeted Shias. Of course, Hashimi has also been involved in forming a multi-sectarian alliance political bloc to replace the government of Maliki. Which Hashimi is the true Hashimi?

Or is the truth somewhere between the two, which it often is...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Diyala...I can't quit you

Due to my persistent curiousity about 1-14 Cav's old stomping grounds in Diyala Province, Iraq I wandered onto Aswat Al Iraq, a decent English news site about happenings in Iraq. It appears that 2 individuals were recently killed in the town of As Sadiyah (just south of FOB Cobra) by the resident IED cell (or cells, I'll never know).

One of those killed was a police officer and I'd bet a month's salary the other person was government connected or a tribal leader (what is a month's salary when unemployed?).

While I figured violence in much of our old area of operations would cease after US forces left, I kind of figured As Sadiyah's insurgents/gang/street thugs/AQI-in-name-only would continue along their merry path of murder and violence.

Everyone needs a hobby I guess.