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  • We Remember Iraq: The Next Chapter

      By Mad Medic Whatever you might call it—Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Iraq War, Operation New Dawn, The Gulf War part two or names it will be given in the future—Iraq...

  • We Remember Iraq: Terps

      By Ghengis Ron During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Arabic interpreters—or “terps” as they were called—played a vital role in US military operations. Arab men and women with different backgrounds, nationalities, and...

  • We Remember Iraq: Mission Accomplished

      By Jack Mandaville It was a speech and banner that defined the first few months of the Iraq War and later became recognized as one of the largest Presidential blunders...

  • We Remember Iraq: Wacky Iraqi

      By Mr. Twisted I remember sitting in the chow hall at Camp Rudder—home of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion—and looking up at the news on television to see scraggly-bearded Saddam...

  • We Remember Iraq: Pair of Aces

      By SGT Awesome When the average American in 2013 hears the names Uday and Qusay, he might think the Mario Brothers joined Islam . However, while Qusay was known to...

  • We Remember Iraq: The Easter Uprising – Part IV

      By RU Contributor Antonio Aguilar The Battle of Al Kut To me, Al Kut is just a blur of exhaustion. I don’t remember exactly how many days we were there...

  • We Remember Iraq: The Easter Uprising – Part III

      By RU Contributor Antonio Aguilar The Fall of Al Kut It was on our third night in Najaf that we got word to leave from there and go to Al...

  • We Remember Iraq: The Easter Uprising – Part II

      By RU Contributor Antonio Aguilar The Siege of Najaf The trip from Baghdad to Najaf was “uneventful” as my platoon sergeant, Corey Isaacs, recalled it. The worst thing that happened...

  • We Remember Iraq: The Easter Uprising – Part 1

      By RU Contributor Antonio Aguilar This story is the story of the April 2004 Shiite uprising in Iraq. It is largely told from my point of view, since I was...

  • We Remember Iraq: The Four Contractors

    Editor’s Note: Out of all the recollections we will be posting over the next several days this one is the hardest for me.  You see, Jerry Zovko (he went by Jerry...

  • 10 Years Later, The Start of the War in Iraq

    Editor’s Note: Ten years ago today, the war in Iraq began.  We here at The Rhino Den recognize the years of back-to-back deployments, hardships, and overall sacrifice of the men and...

  • A Crappy Day

    By RU Contributor J.E. McCollough In March 2004 I was back in Iraq, only a few months after leaving that shithole. I’d spent most of the previous year invading the place...

  • Seven Things

    By Mr. Twisted When I came back from Iraq a few years ago, I realized that the United States is, without question, a seriously great place. So seriously great, in fact,...

  • Is There Anything A Seabee Can’t Build?

      By RU Guest Blogger Don Forest Recently, my buddy sent me a link to a story online of a Navy Dad who overhauled and restored his squid son’s prized broken...

  • A Proposition

       By RU Contributor J.E. McCollough After the main fighting was over in 2003, my Marine Corps counterintelligence team was moved to Al Kut. That summer in Al Kut passed slowly....

  • We Few, We Happy Few

    By RU Contributor Johnathon The day was January 1st of 2007, the beginning of a new year. The day had been like any other in Iraq: wake up, maybe get a...

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