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The Boys From Baghdad: From the Foreign Legion to the Killing Fields of Iraq

by Simon Low

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Pages: 304
Paperback
ISBN: 9781845963491






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Overview of The Boys From Baghdad: From the Foreign Legion to the Killing Fields of Iraq

As a former soldier in the legendary French Foreign Legion, Simon Low thought he had seen it all. Then he was posted to Iraq. Employed as a private-military contractor - a 'hired gun' - his assignment was to guard convoys along deadly routes out of Baghdad.

Once there, Simon quickly realised that no one could be trusted, including the US military. Whether sending him on perilously haphazard missions or, in one terrifying incident, knowingly opening fire on him, the Americans often proved to be as dangerous as the insurgents.

Simon and his staunch 'oppo' Dave faced the daily terror of suicide bombers, armed ambushes and grenade attacks, and also had to keep a close watch on their ill-prepared Iraqi comrades. Incompetence or betrayal from within would have been fatal, but a far greater fear was that of capture, and the threat of a 'Baghdad Haircut' (beheading) was ever present.

The Boys from Baghdad is an intimate, action-packed account of life as a soldier of fortune in the most controversial conflict of our age. With grim, earthy humour, Simon Low's eyewitness descriptions of Iraq as it spirals into bloody chaos provide a unique and uncompromising insight into the theatre of war.

Synopsis of The Boys From Baghdad: From the Foreign Legion to the Killing Fields of Iraq

An intimate, action-packed account of life as a soldier of fortune in the most controversial conflict of our age.

As a former fighter in the legendary French Foreign Legion, Simon Low thought he had seen it all. Then he was posted to Iraq. Employed as a private military contractor — a “hired gun” — his assignment was to guard the deadly convoy routes out of Baghdad.

Once there, Simon quickly realized that no one could be trusted, including the U.S. military. Whether sending him on perilously hazardous missions or, in one terrifying incident, knowingly opening fire on him, the Americans often proved as dangerous as the insurgents. Simon and his staunch “oppo,” Dave, faced the daily terror of suicide bombers, armed ambushes and grenade attacks, and also had to keep a close watch on their ill-prepared Iraqi comrades. Finally, commissioned to courier a large quantity of cash through bandit country, Simon lost patience with his high-handed paymasters and devised a plan of his own for the money.

The Boys from Baghdad is full of grim, earthy humour. Simon Low’s eyewitness descriptions of Iraq as it spirals into bloody chaos provide a unique and uncompromising insight into the theatre of war.

About the Author, Simon Low

Simon Low joined the British Army when he was eighteen and served eight years. He later joined the French Foreign Legion, and then became a private military contractor in Iraq with the U.S. security firm Armor Group.

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