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War dog: What Iraq looked like

I liked this photo not so much for the dog, but because it reminded me of how much part of Iraq looked like.

A U.S. Soldier and Staff Sgt. Ookaley, a fully trained explosives search dog, searches the palm groves of Al Kalamat, Iraq, Sept. 10, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft/Released)
A U.S. Soldier and Staff Sgt. Ookaley, a fully trained explosives search dog, searches the palm groves of Al Kalamat, Iraq, Sept. 10, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft/Released)

I liked this photo not so much for the dog, but because it reminded me of how much part of Iraq looked like. In rural areas between the Tigris and Euphrates, there seemed to be a lot of terrain that looked just like this.

Photo credit: ♪_Lisa_♪/Flickr

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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