Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An Email from Jennifer Griffin in Afghanistan!!! « GretaWire

This is a very cool story about a guy with one leg who loves the Marines so much that he refuses to leave. Go read the full story, you won't regret it.

An Email from Jennifer Griffin in Afghanistan!!! « GretaWire: "Dear Greta,

No blackberry service yet in Iraq so I grab some internet space anytime we get close to some marines. Just landed in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Base via Kuwait. A surreal landing into a frozen air base (Bagram) at 1 am in the morning. We woke this morning in Fallujah and formed a convoy of uparmored humvees and a large MRAP (Mine Resistent Ambush Protected Vehicle) for a slow journey by road to Baghdad. The Headquarters for the marines 1MEF in Fallujah is in an old palace like building that Saddam had built for the Mujahideen e-Khalq - the Iranian defectors who wanted to overthrow the Ayatollahs in the 1980s during the war between Iraq and Iran in which more than a million people were killed. The Khalq were the ones who got the intell from Iran a few years ago that uncovered for the IAEA the Iranian nuclear program. The Khalq seemed a bit like a cult when we first met them in Baghdad and were taken to desert training with tanks and women gunners talking of retaking Iran. It was so strange to be back at their base under such different circumstances - the last time I was there was 1996."

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