Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

Letters from Iraq and Afghanistan

I have read many touching stories from Iraq and Afghanistan that I would like to share some of those stories here in my own words for you. These stories have touched my heart deeply and reinforces my need to work for a better tommorow. Many of them want to know how Americans “Really” feel about them or from soldiers who wonder what the public thinks. Other soldiers talk about how much they don’t care anymore about public opinion. Nearly half the people I have met have a picture of them with their interrupter or helping children and families. You can tell by reading their stories how proud they are about what they are accomplishing. Here is some interesting info; interrupters have been given nick names for security reasons.

But almost every one included how dedicated they are to helping make Iraq and Afghanistan safe. I have also seen stories of many great things that have been accomplished. Here is a link that was in one of those stories. It talks about how the restoration of an area that was untouched for over 5,000 years. The people still live in the same type reed huts and make reed boats as they did 5k yrs ago. But Saddam had ordered the wet lands drained and the people had been displaced. It has been restored and the people have returned. – Ian Bach

Here is a section of the text regarding the below linked full article.

“For millennia, the Mesopotamian Marshlands were an isolated and swampy oasis in the desert, covering more than 20,000 square km of interconnected lakes, mudflats and bayous. Some believe it is where the biblical Eden was located.

But after the end of the 1991 Gulf War, waged against Iraq by a U.S.-led coalition, the native Ma’dan people of the area, partially located in southern Iraq, saw themselves caught up in a failed Shi’ite uprising against the Saddam Hussein regime (1979-2003).

The relatively inaccessible marshes became a safe haven for political opponents and army deserters from Hussein’s defeated army.”


We all need to here more Facts not the Hype we see on TV. I hope everyone reading this will tell these Brave Souls that you care.

P.S. For those in Iraq or Afghanistan, (weather you are a contractor, reporter, citizen, soldier, or other)

If you have a minute post a brief Comment on this Blog Article here to tell us a little about the facts that the media has so relentlessly ignored. So the general public has some sense of the reality. I am a terrible writer and I am sure most of you can write much better than I ever could, even if your English is not so good. If you wish to remain anonymous for security reasons you may send the stories to me and I will keep you name location and security sensitive data anonymous, and secure. – Ian Bach


About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

4 comments on “Letters from Iraq and Afghanistan

  1. Ian Bach
    March 27, 2007

    Some people have been lead to beleive that we are at War because of oil and greed. We only get 10% of our oil from the Middle East! and only a fraction of that is from Iraq.


  2. Ian Bach
    March 27, 2007

    Listen to John Nagl speak about conterinsurgency methods and how the US military has changing, training and operating today. Mr. Nagl is an American expert on couterinsurgency with experience in Iraq.



  3. Ian Bach
    March 29, 2007

    Here is some more info most Americans and many Eroupeans are not aware of.

    Don’t say Afghanis or Afghhanistanis…
    The correct way to say it is Afghan.
    (correct me please if I am wrong) On a side note we sould all call each other humans…..

    The people of afghanistan and Iraq appreciate freedom, they love their children, and eductaion. Most Iraq’s people love soccer. So send soccer balls to our forward posts so they can make some friends. Also let me know what toys light weight items do the young afghan children enjoy? I will find a good way to get them there.

    Iraq has over 28 million citizens (sorry I dont have time to check exact amount). Iraq’s two largest ethnic groups are Arabs (80%) and Kurds (20%). Assyrians, Turkomans, Iranians, Lurs, and Armenians are scattered throughout the country.

    Afghanistan has of 40 million citizens and 47 living Languages and 6 major ethnic groups.

    Here is a link for CIA info:


  4. Ian Bach
    April 3, 2007

    Correction to above entry Afghanistan has 26 million citizens not the 40 million i earlier reported. Doh!

    Tuesday April 3, 2007 – 04:05am


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