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On Facebook I have posted a couple of photo albums (here and here) from my time as an embedded reporter before and during the invasion of Iraq ten years this week. The first one begins at Camp Virginia where all of us in the Press Corps were taken from Kuwait City before being assigned to our respective unit and mostly features shots of camp life in the flat, featureless Kuwaiti desert where I was a guest of a combat engineer battalion (54 EN BN) normally based in Germany with V Corps but task-assigned to support the Third Infantry Division (3 ID). The second album includes photos from March 19-22 2003 when the unit moved up towards the border, heard and saw first artillery barrages and then crossed the border on the night of the 20th.

I will post a third in the next day or two with shots from the drive up country past Nasiriya and on,, the great sandstorm, the pause in the desert while logistics caught up with the 3ID’s three brigade combat teams (which was when a lot of idiot commentators in the US started going on about a “quagmire”), the bridge at Al Kifl etc.

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