Haditha, Anbar Province, Iraq

(for best viewing, clip on the photo and on the Flickr page, click on ’slideshow’ in the top right corner)
haditha soldier
This is the first of many sets to come from the small Anbar Province town of Haditha. I stayed with the 3/7 Marines there, plus the mythical sheik, Colonel Mohammed Hussein Shaffir. In 2005 and 2006, Haditha was the capital of the insurgency. According to a Spanish reporter from El Mundo newspaper, the city was cut off from American forces during that time and ruled by Taliban-like law. Shaffir (according to reports from his own camp, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps) lead the fight to wrest control from Al Quaeda).

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Euphrates Fish Dinner

Sheherezad statue, Baghdad
Scheherazade statue, Baghdad
This photo op came about on a trip down to the Euphrates with my friends Ma’jida and Ammar– a fine pair of Baghdad journalists. We came across a well attended soccer game and the people there seemed curious about my presence– a Westerner– but had no problem with us taking pictures and showed me no ill will. The same was true when we stopped by a couple of local fish markets (carp out of the Euphrates is a treat throughout Iraq); the people were amicable and even had me sit down at their table. Later we went to another fish restaurant for dinner.

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Girl in Red

Girl in Red

The niece of my interpreter in the Anbar Province town of Bagdadi. For more pics from Bagdadi, click here.


2 Responses to “photos”

  1. Shawn a Hernandez Says:

    hey man what’s going on i was in iraq with you keep in touch okay and if you have a my space or face book let me know okay laters take care i’m currently in texas.

  2. Bryan Fraser Says:

    Great work Shane. I love the photo’s and the descriptive and insightful writings. Hope all is well!!

    Bryan and Sonja Fraser

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