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Riding along with a Stryker battalion commander

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 24, 2007 at 5:05 pm |
August 24, 2007 5:05 pm

Lt. Col. Alfredo Mycue (left) features as a prominent character in an expansive article about Iraq in Der Spiegel, the German news magazine. Mycue commands the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment Strykers out of Fort Lewis. While Der Spiegel’s Ullrich Fichtner found promising conditions in some places, such as Ramadi, he calls the south Baghdad district that Mycue and his men patrol “The Hell Zone.”Photo: Tina Hager/DER SPIEGEL/Agentur Focus

There’s a lot to chew on in Ullrich Fichtner’s long piece in Der Spiegel on his fourth trip into Iraq – found it courtesy of a link on Talisman Gate.

His description of Ramadi is almost unbelievable when you consider what that place was said to be like before.

But his picture of Mycue’s southern Baghdad district is grim – it starts on Part 4. Check it out when you’ve got some time to read.

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