Monday, January 12, 2004


One of six camps on the Iraq-Kuwait border where those coming and going will cross paths.
Much has changed since the battalion originally left Camp Virginia to push north into Iraq. Furnace-like winds that blew dust storms across the desert last spring have given way to winter rains that soak the sand, turning the camp into a soupy mush.

Life is fairly mundane for the troops here. Signs read, no parking, no smoking, no weapons allowed. Troops cluster among the tiny cappuccino shop and the Internet café.

International servicemembers fill many of the tent cities. It’s common to hear Spanish, Italian, Polish or Hungarian as groups of soldiers walk through the camp. Troops from Denmark, Lithuania and Bulgaria are also passing through. More foreign units are expected, Edwards said.

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