My second trip to Iraq I was in the same region I had been deployed to in 2005. In ’05 the entire country was in chaos but by ’09 things were completely different. The area shown in these pictures was downright deadly the first time I was there, we’d get into firefights every time we went into those neighborhoods. Four years later we were able to walk around the market just carrying a pistol and BS with the locals. This is a typical mission in today’s Iraq.
Out and about in the city with Iraqi forces we were promised a good sized enemy cache. Digging around an empty lot this is what we found: a empty box buried under a few feet of dirt. Yeah, it looked like a container for PG-7 rockets for a RPG but they were long gone by now.
A little more digging around the empty lot revealed this cornucopia of insurgent party favors…yeah, so this one was pretty much a bust. A rusty AK magazine and some 7.62x54R bullets for a PKM. I was going to torch it with a thermite grenade but the Iraqi commander stopped me.