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An Iraq War Vet Returns to Find Baghdad on the Edge of Ruin

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Iraqi onlookers gather on July 16, 2014 around a burnt motorcycle at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority districts. Iraqi onlookers gather on July 16, 2014 around a burnt motorcycle at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's northern Shiite-majority districts. (ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Roy Scranton served in the United States Army in Iraq 2003. He returns to Baghdad 10 years later as sectarian violence and chaos threaten to overtake the country and after ISIS has taken Fallujah, Mosul, and other cities. Scranton reflects on his time in there a decade ago, the role of the U.S. in securing Iraq, and what’s happened in the country since. His article “Back to Baghdad: Life in the City of Doom” in the July 31 issue of Rolling Stone.

 

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Comments [7]

Lucia from West Village

Strange that Roy Scranton remembers eating a Burger King whopper while standing guard over blindfolded prisoners... and the follow-up question from Leonard is not about the blindfolded prisoners but about the burger.

Leonard and his food fetish. It's corroding his journalism...

Jul. 26 2014 12:49 PM
Michael Humphreys from Fair Haven, NJ

Roy Scranton should arrange for some security if/when he returns to Iraq or other conflict zone. His employer or himself can contact www.track24.com, a highly respected and market leader in personal security in Iraq since 2004.

Jul. 24 2014 02:40 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The Bush Administration did make a mistake - but at the time they and everyone thought there were WMDs, they didn't mislead people. Pope John Paul II begged President Bush not to go to war, 'in war everyone loses. What a disaster.

Jul. 24 2014 02:10 PM
Ed from Larchmont

What's happening to the Christian and Catholic community in Baghdad, where the Christians used to be the middle class?

Jul. 24 2014 01:45 PM
antonio from baySide

Why doesn't the stability of the Kurdish area have more influence on the rest of the region? Or like the rest of the country its too complicated to distill in one segment...

Jul. 24 2014 01:41 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I guess IS isn't going to take Baghdad? IS has told Christians: convert, pay an impoverishing fine, or leave. And our government has said nothing, they don't care. They shouldn't have completely left, it seems.

Jul. 24 2014 01:31 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I guess IS isn't going to take Baghdad? IS has told Christians: convert, pay an impoverishing fine, or leave. And our government has said nothing, they don't care. They shouldn't have completely left, it seems.

Jul. 24 2014 01:31 PM

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