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Television Interview

S.D. Liddick interviewed by UNCW professor of International Studies, Remonda Kleinberg, before giving a presentation at the school.

Nightime IED Attack

Jim Wade is a non-journalist observer who came to Iraq to … basically to lionize the U.S. Army and discredit the U.S. media machine (not at all hard to do in Iraq). I met him at press headquarters in Baghdad and wanted to ring his neck within an hour. Somehow we ended up being friends. He gave me a load of video clips from an IED attack he survived (the lucky bastard saw two such incidents in his month in country). You can see the edited version here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/sdliddick#p/a/u/2/NS4h0xaskH0

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Daytime IED Attack

Jim Wade is a non-journalist observer who came to Iraq to … basically to lionize the U.S. Army and discredit the U.S. media machine (not at all hard to do in Iraq). I met him at press headquarters in Baghdad and wanted to ring his neck within an hour. Somehow we ended up being friends. He gave me a load of video clips from an IED attack he survived (the lucky bastard saw two such incidents in his month in country). You can see the edited version here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/sdliddick#p/u/3/ZV-SWgX1fUk

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Mortar Platoon Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wV-J5CIes8

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Iraqi Army NCO Training (slideshow)

A sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious look at American Non-Commissioned Officers training their Iraqi counterparts.

http://bighugelabs.com/slideshow.php?id=63928

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A Tense Key Leader Engagement

When U.S. Army Captain Tom Landgrave found out Sheik Saleh was going to be at Iraqi Army Second Battalion headquarters (25 Brigade, 17th Division) he knew it was time for a showdown. “You better call in another Arabic speaker,” he told Lieutenant Cameron Mays, “We’re going to want as many witnesses as possible.” Landgrave had just finished trading intelligence with Iraqi Colonel Wisam Wisam, which showed that Saleh was likely behind Mahmudiya’s (a cardinal point on the Triangle of Death) latest IED attempt. Saleh was the head of the area’s Sahawa fighters (loyal to U.S. forces) but he’d been challenging U.S. and Iraqi authorities for months. Enter Justin, a 24 year old (capricious and bitingly funny) Iraqi interpreter working for U.S. forces. Landgave had no idea the encounter was about to turn absurd.
http://bighugelabs.com/slideshow.php?id=62494

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Iraqi Jumping Jacks

If you’ve seen the NCO Training slideshow above, you might be prepared for this video showing soldiers at physical training (the video is labeled Iraq, but the soldiers in it appear to be from Afghanistan). In two months with the Iraqi Army and another month living with civilians, I never saw anyone exercise. That’s largely for cultural reasons (Western ideas of physical fitness just don’t translate in the Arab world), but it also has to do with the fact exercise has not only been unsafe since the insurgency began, but Iraqi forces generally don’t have room for it on their small and improvised bases. Despite my empathy for the challenges facing the new Iraqi Army, I come from the Bill Hicks school of humor: everything can be laughed at. And if you don’t laugh after watching the third man from the right in the Iraqi formation, you clearly have no sense of humor. The Iraqis, on the other hand, have a great sense of humor and I’m sure that if that soldier watched this video, he would piss his pants laughing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbK76okexVk

One Response to “videos”

  1. Corynne & Scott Says:

    How are you? Glad you are back in the States and safe.
    Thanks for sending notice of the updates.
    Hope to see you soon.

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