Nothing to Report . . .
- Last week a friend's trailer in the International Zone was hit by a rocket (luckily, he wasn't in it at the time);
- Another friend was badly wounded in an IED attack (he survived, thank G-d, albeit with shrapnel to the lung that will require six months of rehab; three other soldiers in his vehicle were killed, and another whom I knew lost an arm);
- Sunday I traveled to Erbil to attend the inauguration of the Kurdish Regional Government; and
- As I write, there is a shalal (sandstorm) raging outside. The sky is suffused with a violent orange glow, the tops of 40-ft palm trees are blown almost horizontal, and visibility is less than ten feet.
But other than that nothing is going on.