Academic journal article Military Review

LIFE LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE: The Iraqi War as Experienced by a U.S. Army Contractor

Academic journal article Military Review

LIFE LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE: The Iraqi War as Experienced by a U.S. Army Contractor

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LIFE LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE The Iraqi War as Experienced by a U.S. Army Contractor Mahir Ibrahimov, Ph.D., Global Scholarly Publications, New York, 2012, 213 pages, $-

LIFE LOOKING DEATH in the Eye falls a little short of the transformative experience it promises. With a yearlong narration of the war, the author offers insight into the mistakes the U.S. Army made in the Iraq war. He presents viewpoints on the Iraq War from U.S. soldiers and officers, Iraqi nationals, and Muslims from other countries. Dr. Mahir Ibrahimov's background adds credibility to his perspective and allows him to gather a wide range of viewpoints. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Azerbaijan, Ibrhahimov studied U.S. policy in the Middle East extensively and served as a soldier in the Soviet Army.

The first third of Ibrahimov's book outlines the complex insurgency that took root in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. While the information is somewhat simplistic, it seems fairly accurate and informative. The author also delves into the West-versus-Islam issue. He provides a perspective of the rise of militant Islam during the 1970s until present day. He concludes that the West should devote more time becoming aware of the Muslim culture and its beliefs to prevent further conflict.

One of the author's duties as a translator brought him in contact with a group of people whose plight has yet to be fully explored, despite having borne the brunt of the war's violence. …

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