Tuesday, June 26, 2007

We really have no idea ....

Larry has returned from his short mission to a nearby town. He was gone for 3 days. For 3 days he had no place to shower, wash his hands or anything that required water. I say this not for "poor" Larry as he has gone much longer in much worse conditions. I tell you this because he was in a town that has no running water and there is a battalion of 200 that are stationed there. They have to travel for a shower once a week.

Apparently they went on 3 foot patrols with the local Iraqi Army men and other American service people to see exactly how they are helping the community. He said it was quite frankly more than we can imagine. He has photos ... although I am starting to wonder when we'll see any of them :)

Again I am thankful that they are safely back to their forward operating base in Ramadi. Never think you have it bad because there is probably someone in much worse conditions than you.

I found this map and information online that depicts exactly where Ramadi is and a little about it:

Ramadi (Arabic: الرمادي; BGN: Ar Ramādī) is a city in central Iraq, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) west of Baghdad. It is the capital of Al Anbar province.

During World War I British forces under General Maude fought there in November 1917.

Ramadi is considered to be the southwest point of Iraq's Sunni Triangle. It has been a focal point of resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Because it hosts the main railway line into Syria, it has long been suspected by American commanders of being a staging area for insurgents.

Ramadi's population numbers around 400,000.

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