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

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An intimate, action-packed account of life as a soldier of fortune in the most controversial conflict of our age.

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 ...

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Overview

An intimate, action-packed account of life as a soldier of fortune in the most controversial conflict of our age.

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 hazardous 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. Finally, 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.

The Boys from Baghdad is full of grim, earthy humour. Simon Low’s eyewitness descriptions of Iraq as it spirals into bloody chaos provide a unique and uncompromising insight into the theatre 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845963491
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • 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 eighteen and served eight years. He later joined the French Foreign Legion, and then became a private military contractor in Iraq with the U.S. security firm Armor Group.
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Table of Contents

Prologue     9
Have Guns, Will Travel     11
Anbar Province Ambush     32
The Road to Samara     57
GSXR600 Meets Hilton Park Lane     77
Back to Baghdad     150
Out on the Tiles     186
Tikrit Next Stop     197
Kirkuk for Christmas     209
The Vortex     263
Epilogue     276
Where Are They Now?     279
Glossary     282

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