Wednesday, September 01, 2004


I’m going for a vacation to the north of Iraq with my family. We will travel next Friday and return on Wednesday. We heard that the road is still unsafe especially through Kirkuk, but we will take the chance. we went last year too and we had a great time. The nature there is fantastic and the weather is great. We need to have that visit to relax our nerves under the pressure we have.
So wait for my post when I’m back and I will try to have some photos too.


Blogger rajdeep said...

Well I hope you have a nice vacation :)...everybody needs the time to relax so I hope you enjoy it....and be careful.

3:49 AM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

I hope you enjoy your trip.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Josie said...

Have fun, and stay safe! Can't wait to see the pictures.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Nas said...

I echo what Josie said. :)

11:06 AM  
Blogger rose said...

dear strykeraunt :
the word you are asking about is SHABAH. I have never heard about a vehicle that can’t be heard here in Iraq. Anyway the story might be True.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Morgot said...

Hello Rose,

Wishing you and your family a safe journey and all the best on your holiday visit. Am looking forward to your post when you return and to your photos.

Very best regards,


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Definitely take some pictures and post them, and a find
a nice quiet spot to soothe your nerves.

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Blogger strykeraunt said...

Thank you Rose and Neurotic wife for providing me with the arabic word for ghost. I think the story is true because there is just no reason to lie about something like that.

Rose, in regards to the stryker vehicle. I don't think they are completely quite just a lot more silent than the normal vehicle its size. It is also pretty fast so it can sneak up on the bad guys quickly. I actually have not heard one running myself. since you are going North, you may see one on the way. They are mainly in the Mosul area and the Ninevah(sp) Province. They are kind of funny looking vehicles. The military put protection around the vehicle that makes them look like they have a cage around them. I believe they have six or eitht wheels. If your family sees one on the road, please try to stay away from them because one of the weaknesses of this vehicle is that the driver cannot see if a vehicle cuts them off. They have been known to accidently run over vehicles and not even realize it. My nephew told me that one accidently backed over one of the police vehicles and the driver hardly even felt what he was doing. Thankfully the IP was not in his car. So please stay away from them so they don't accidently run into your vehicle.

Have a wonderful time on your vacation. I have seen pictures of some really pretty places in Northern Iraq. It surprised my that it was so green, with hills, trees, and grass. It is always green where I live so I just can't imagine being without it for too long.

Take care and stay safe.

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