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Under the Gun in Iraq: My Year Training the Iraqi Police
     

Under the Gun in Iraq: My Year Training the Iraqi Police

by Robert Cole, Jan Hogan (As Told to)
 

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In this book Robert Cole—a retired California police officer hired by DynCorp as an international police trainer—presents a vivid account of the challenges of training the Iraqis to handle their own security. In blunt, everyday language, Cole gives the reader an unusually candid and often hair-raising glimpse into reality at the street level as he and

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In this book Robert Cole—a retired California police officer hired by DynCorp as an international police trainer—presents a vivid account of the challenges of training the Iraqis to handle their own security. In blunt, everyday language, Cole gives the reader an unusually candid and often hair-raising glimpse into reality at the street level as he and his colleagues navigate the dangerous sectors of Baghdad, Tikrit, and Kirkuk, dodging explosions and bullets aimed at them by young, Iraqi, wannabe heroes. Cole describes situations not shown in the media: men in their sixties being hired as policemen, Iraqi detectives who extract information from people by ramming toothpicks under their fingernails, officers suggesting that the best way to subdue potential suspects who flee is by shooting them in the back, police hunkered down in their barracks who refuse to patrol neighborhoods for fear of violence, an enemy that easily blends into a population armed to the teeth with loaded AK-47s, and the routine frustrations of cultural and language barriers to communication.

This book is essential reading for all Americans seeking an honest understanding of the dire situation in Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591025559
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cole was a police officer for over 25 years. He retired from the force in East Palo Alto, California where he was one of the commanders that helped bring the city back from its status as the murder capital of the United States. Cole recently finished almost two years in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. He served a one-year tour of duty working for DynCorp as an international police trainer in Iraq and will be redeployed for another in 2008.

Jan Hogan (Las Vegas, NV) is an award-winning staff writer for Stephens Media who writes for View newspapers and has published numerous articles in AAA’s Motorland (now Via), Law & Order, and other publications. She is currently writing her next book on dyslexia.

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