Iraqi sandstorm

Here are some pictures of our compound in northern Iraq when a sandstorm blew through one sunny afternoon.  It looks like the surface of mars but this was about 2:30pm on a otherwise beautiful day.

We watched the sandstorm, also called a haboob in some regions of the Middle East, blow in from miles away.  It was a huge wall of brown you could see coming over the horizon.

I saw another picture like this on the net that someone had taken in Western China.  Most of the comments under the photo said things like, “This is obviously photoshopped”!

Sand storms like this usually last about six hours or so in my experience but sometimes they can go on for days, nearly shutting down operations, or at least making them very difficult.


Filed under Iraq, Pictures

4 responses to “Iraqi sandstorm

  1. Moose Montana

    Wow, I can just feel the heat from those photos. Really captivating stuff…stay safe! – Moose

  2. Thanks Moose, glad you enjoyed the photos. I’m out of the Army and in college these days, so the most I have to worry about is passing finals, no bullets whizzing overhead lately. Take care, -Jack

  3. Hey, great photos!

    Wanted to let you know I really like the new look of the blog, especially the title bar – very cool.

    Also, I’ve got your MS and I’ve printed out the first 100 pages – I hope to start in on it this weekend. The first couple of pages look pretty good.

  4. Awesome, I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book!

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