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dick

dick  v.— «The security personnel who work for many of the larger media organisations call this being “dicked.” It was given a graphic illustration earlier this month with the kidnapping of Australian television journalist John...

ghost

ghost  n.— «What was meant to be a day meeting the Iraqi people in one of Baghdad’s eastern neighborhoods abruptly turned into a long day of what the soldiers now refer to as “chasing the ghosts of small arms fire.” The troops...

ink blot strategy

ink blot strategy  n.— «In effect, the scheme is a version of the “ink blot” counterinsurgency strategy of grabbing a piece of terrain, stabilizing it and gradually expanding it.» —“Battle for Baghdad Boils Down to Grabbing a Slice at...

Sushi

Sushi  n.— «Since Baghdad is a multi-ethnic city, many of whose citizens are “Sushis” (Sunni-Shiite mixed), it’s impossible to include the capital in a Hakim-style Shiite Republic.» —“Badr vs. Sadr” by Robert...

Baghdad diet

Baghdad diet  n.— «What exactly is Rudy’s Baghdad Diet? You’ve got to live in Baghdad: this is important because the heat there pretty much kills your appetite. No fried foods: stick to fish, salads, and vegetables 90 minutes...

kamikaze tourist

kamikaze tourist  n.— «Although fellow visitors to Baghdad or Kabul dub them the “Kamikaze tourists,” the Japanese media has come up with a more sophisticated term: heiwa boke—meaning “senility from peace...