Putnam: Bayji File

From Bill Putnam: I'm back in Bayji, Iraq, and re-embedded with Abu Co., 1st of the 187th Infantry. I was last with the unit in November and December. It's been the best embed I've had in Iraq, period.
The battalion is now partnered up with an Iraqi army battalion recently sent down to the violatile town of Bayji. A grimy city of about 60,000 people in Saluhiddin province, Bayji is also home of Iraq's largest oil refinery. The insurgency is active here because of their funding from the refinery.
Cracking the insurgency here will be a difficult mission. Photographing those efforts has been fairly successful so far.
These photographs were made on my first patrol back. It was also Abu's first time back in to Bayji in almost two months. Almost all patrols and missions here are now joint with the IA battalion."

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Sgt. 1st Class Tim Shuler pointing to grafitti that says "Long Live Saddam!" in Arabic.

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A junedi from the battalion during the patrol.

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A lady doing what Iraqis do best: look directly at cameras.

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