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Q: Finding a specific article about Iraq online ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Finding a specific article about Iraq online
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: johnnythejohn-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 12 Aug 2006 12:34 PDT
Expires: 11 Sep 2006 12:34 PDT
Question ID: 755344

I am looking for a great article I once read on the war in Iraq. 

Here is what I can tell you on how to find it:
1. I am 100% sure I accessed it through Arts & Letters Daily (
2. I am 80% sure it was published in Foreign Policy Magazine (
3. I am 50% sure it is available for free on their website; it says
old articles are only for subscribers, but I was able to access other
old articles I'd bookmarked.

Here is the gist of the article, for you to find it:

The article was written by a major of the U.S. special forces and
recounted his brief experience as the de facto "leader" of a small
town, during the interval between the collapse of Saddam's regime and
the creation of new civil institutions, and how he used common sense
to interact with the local community leaders, make the town run again,
and earn their respect.

The article ends on a somber note, with the troops relieving him
acting callously toward the locals and thus destroying the trust he
had built with them, but the silver lining is that his behaviour with
local Iraqis could be replicated elsewhere and make the occupation a
success for all.

I don't know how much info that is to go on. It's a great article and
I really wish I could read it again.

Good luck, and thanks in advance!
Subject: Re: Finding a specific article about Iraq online
Answered By: tisme-ga on 12 Aug 2006 12:39 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello johnnythejohn-ga,

I think I found it: 

The Mayor of Ar Rutbah
By James A. Gavrilis

If this is not the article you were looking for, please let me know
using the Request Clarification feature and I will do my best to
further assist you.

All the best,


Search Strategy: special forces
johnnythejohn-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Impeccable. Thanks a lot.

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