Under the Gun in Iraq: My Year Training the Iraqi Police [NOOK Book]

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"One moment, I was standing there with my buddies unloading a truck. The next moment, my ears picked up the distinct 'pssst' sound homing in on us....
"Hit the ground!" someone yelled.
"Right behind the first mortar was a second, then a third, then a fourth. They each slammed into the earth with an enormous impact. The ground shook. The eight-story building above us shuddered, and we all covered our heads when the windows blew out.
"As I lay...
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Overview

"One moment, I was standing there with my buddies unloading a truck. The next moment, my ears picked up the distinct 'pssst' sound homing in on us....
"Hit the ground!" someone yelled.
"Right behind the first mortar was a second, then a third, then a fourth. They each slammed into the earth with an enormous impact. The ground shook. The eight-story building above us shuddered, and we all covered our heads when the windows blew out.
"As I lay there with glass and debris raining down on me, all I could think was, 'Holy shit, what did I get myself into?'"
President Bush is fond of saying, "When Iraq can stand up, America can stand down." A large part of "standing up" is having a well-trained police force in place to maintain peace and order.
Why is it taking so long to put a solid police force together? How prepared are the Iraqis to carry out their duties? What pitfalls are Americans facing as they try to get Iraqi police up to speed?
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 that fly in the face of the party line from Washington: men in their sixties being hired as policemen, Iraqi detectives who extract information from people by ramming toothpicksunder 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.
In sharp contrast to the usual bromides about staying the course, Under the Gun in Iraq paints a brutally realistic picture of the bleak, perilous road ahead. This is essential reading for all Americans seeking an honest understanding of the dire situation in Iraq.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615925551
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 333 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Cole currently works for the United Nations on a security assignment in Haiti doing high profile VIP close protection work for the Haitian President, Director General of Haitian National Police, and visiting dignitaries. After working as a police officer for over 25 years and retiring from the police force in East Palo Alto, California, he then worked for DynCorp as an international police trainer in Iraq.

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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Introduction: Under the Gun in Iraq     11
Welcome to Iraq     13
Will Work for a Ride     29
Every Day a Drive-By Shooting     43
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later     59
All It Takes Is One Bullet     69
A Safe House That's Not So Safe     85
Late for Work, Go to Jail     103
What's Wrong with This Picture?     127
No Pedicure for Me, Thanks     147
The Beheaded Body     165
One Nasty Gesture     177
A Warning Ignored     191
Going Home in a Pine Box     203
The Politics of War     215
Mountain Man     247
Hand Chosen for a Special Assignment     261
Ten Minutes from Death     281
Epilogue: Where We Stand Now     297
Index     307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Eye Opening

    I found the book to be extremely interesting and contained information about events that were covered in the newspapers as they occured, long before the book was published, therefore confirming the accuracy of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    So far from the truth........

    There are several of us here reading the book now, in Iraq, in the same place Mr. Cole claims to have written this book about. All any of us can say is.....WOW! We have all been here since either late 2003 or early 2004 and none of us have found a shred of truth yet in his rendition of life and times here. This has to be one of the most sensationalized peices of 'non-fiction' that I have ever seen. We collectively believe it should be moved to the science fiction section of your website.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    FICTION

    I have been in country doing this work since Feb 2004. I in fact know Robert and am in one of his pictures in the book. I have been here a long time as a supervisor,sadly I have experienced fist hand the death of some of our brother Police Officers, young soldiers and my brother Iraqi Policemen. I am ashamed to say that I read the book and Robert's accounts are a congolmeration of events that occurred to other Police Advisors that he has taken as his own. It is regrettable that after honorably serving here that Robert would shame himself and our effort here by the lies perpetuated in the writing of this book. While the book is very well written I am afraid that the entire account of events as portrayed by Robert are not True. The Book is fiction. Still serving in Iraq. David Hyman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A look at reality on the ground in Iraq, no politics.

    This book shows the true reality on the ground in Iraq today that our brave American heros must face. No political attatchment to anyone, just the raw truth. This is a must read for all americans and others, who want to know the reality about Iraq on the ground today. This book should make every American feel proud of America's soldiers,war time contractors, and coalition personnel who face such horror and terror each day while on Iraqi soil.

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