Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Sleepy Outpost....

Mortars, rockets, Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED), Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), sniper fire, stray rounds from celebratory fire, and people wearing explosive vests (suicide bombers). Street crime is said to be severe and bank robberies are way up. Other than that, I sleep with my door unlocked.

Post report by U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Baquba, Iraq, October 2007


Blogger DrDave said...

It was worth registering at the site to read the entire post:

What type of automobile is suitable to bring (or not to bring) because of rugged terrain, lack of parts and service, local restrictions, carjackings, etc? I would bring something armored, with a gun turret. The terrain is bad, explosives are bad, small arms fire is bad, local driving is bad. Stick to convoy travel or take a helo.

Do you drive on the right hand side of the road or the left? We drive in the middle of the road at high speed with sirens and lights, and everybody yields.

Are local trains, buses, and taxis safe? Affordable? Nope and nope.

Is this a good city for families/singles/couples? It is good for nobody here. Locals are fleeing to Syria, Jordan and anywhere else they can. We have no families. There is no dating potential for anybody, and there are no couples that I have spotted.

Wow. Good thing we're winning.

10/18/2007 6:48 AM  

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