Sand, Sun and Hired Guns: 60 Days in Karbala

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During his army career, Alex Dunsire fought for the British Royal Artillery Regiment, the US 82nd Airborne and the German Fallschirmjagers. In 2003, considered too old for the army, he decided to become a mercenary, and after a short search he found a new employer: Blackwater International. Based in North Carolina, Blackwater was a crack outfit run largely by former US Special Operations personnel. With his vast experience and savvy, the 'old Limey' was the first foreigner to pass through the company's rigorous training and within months was back in the thick of action, in Iraq. In "Sand, Sun, and Hired Guns", Dunsire describes with great insight, and no lack of humour, the life of the modern mercenary in the swirling storm of insurgency and sectarian violence that is today's Iraq. The text is accompanied by dozens of full-colour photos that bring the reader straight to the action. On his first tour, Dunsire found himself in Karbala during the uprising of the Mahdi army. Stationed with his team of mercenaries, he helped hold a Fort Apache outpost amidst a series of attacks from heavily armed assailants. Despite being wounded, Dunsire was able to calmly hold his ground until the US 1st Armored arrived. With a superb eye for detail to match his rare experience, Dunsire relates the sights, smells and colour of combat in today's Iraq. His fascinating perspective unveils the life of a modern mercenary, while lending insight into the motley array of other combatants vying for control of Saddam Hussein's former domain. The author is currently on his sixth tour of Iraq as a private contractor.

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ISBN 10:  1853677477 ISBN 13:  9781853677472
Publisher: Greenhill Books, 2007
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