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The Boys From Baghdad: From the Foreign Legion to the Killing Fields of Iraq
     

The Boys From Baghdad: From the Foreign Legion to the Killing Fields of Iraq

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by Simon Low
 

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As a former fighter in the legendary French Foreign Legion, Simon Low thought he had seen it all. Then he was posted to Iraq. Employed as a private military contractor — a "hired gun" — his assignment was to guard the deadly convoy routes out of Baghdad. Once there, Simon quickly realized that no one could be trusted, including the U.S. military. Whether

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As a former fighter in the legendary French Foreign Legion, Simon Low thought he had seen it all. Then he was posted to Iraq. Employed as a private military contractor — a "hired gun" — his assignment was to guard the deadly convoy routes out of Baghdad. Once there, Simon quickly realized that no one could be trusted, including the U.S. military. Whether sending him on perilously haphazard missions or, in one terrifying incident, knowingly opening fire on him, the Americans often proved as dangerous as the insurgents. Simon and his staunch "oppo" Dave faced the daily terror of suicide bombers, armed ambushes, and grenade attacks, and also had to keep a close watch on their ill-prepared Iraqi comrades. Incompetence or betrayal from within could be fatal, but a far greater fear was that of capture, with prisoners subjected to torture and slow death, while the threat of a "Baghdad Haircut" (beheading) was ever present. Commissioned to courier a large quantity of cash through bandit country, Simon lost patience with his high-handed paymasters and devised a plan of his own for the money. This is an intimate, action-packed narrative of life as a soldier of fortune in the most controversial conflict of our age. Delivered with grim, earthy humor, the narrator depicts an eyewitness account of Iraq spiraling into bloody chaos, providing a unique and uncompromising insight into the theater of war.

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“Explosive and thrilling.” —News of the World

“Offers a new take on the Iraq conflict . . . gripping stuff.”–The Bookseller

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845963491
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/13/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Simon Low joined the British Army when he was 18 and left after serving nearly eight years. He later joined the French Foreign Legion then signed up as a private military contractor in Iraq with a U.S. security firm.

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