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On the Hunt for a Terrorist in Baghdad

Michael J. Totten writes about what it is like to be on the hunt for a terrorist in Baghdad.  Great piece that will ring true with many, many of you.

...They didn't mess the place up, but they rifled through everything with a practiced thoroughness.

I heard Captain Looney's voice in the back room where the women and children had been corralled. The woman who had screamed when her door was broken down was crying hysterically.

“I've been in Iraq too long for your crying to affect me,” Captain Looney said in a hard, even, and no-bullshit tone of voice.

She stopped crying instantly. She didn't even continue to sob. She just stopped as if the captain had flipped off a switch...

Go read the whole piece.