Monday, June 19, 2006

Brown Sand Sailor Sees the Sights

The Miserable Donuts Naval Attache in Basra sends:

"Saladins' Fort"

Driving through southern Iraq, one comes across some odd things, like picked clean T-72s or BTs (all that's left will be the frame, the rest has been stripped off for scrap). But I thought this picturesque building (Fort? Gangster compound? Militia HQ?) pretty cool. In the picture it looks like something out of French Foreign Legion days, or Suleiman's march toward Jerusalem. As we drove by we saw men with AKs at the front gates, and they flew a green flag, so they weren't Iraqi government, that's for sure.


Blogger Sage said...

That is neat looking. What would the green flag mean?

10:38 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

From what I saw in Afghanistan it could mean anything from "Islam Rocks!" to a political party banner, to a grave marker to "hey, I had something to hang up here, isn't it cool?"

I will defer to someone with Iraq specific experience to tell about this one...

10:54 PM  

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