Rocket Attack Aganist Mercedes Benz in Athens – Resurgence of Greek Terrorism?

February 14, 2014By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Wednesday the 12th February saw a rocket attack against a Mercedes Benz office in Athens.  The rocket missed the complex and detonated harmlessly in waste ground, but this is the second violent incident involving  German institutions in recent months, the other being shots fired at the German ambassadors residence in December.  Is it just anger – … Read More

Jalalabad Suicide Attack

July 4, 2010By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Warning: This blog contains graphic images Jalalabad, Bishud bridge, Eastern Afghanistan, June 2010. Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar Province in Eastern Afghanistan.  It is 150km to the east of the Kabul and is set at the confluence of two large rivers, the Kabul and Kunar, tributaries of the great Indus river which they meet … Read More

Damascus, Learning Arabic

December 4, 2008By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Damascus, Syria, December 2008 I had a few months to spare and decided to try to work on my poor Arabic which I had acquired in Iraq. My research narrowed my linguistic pursuit down to two areas: Yemen or Damascus.  I chose Damascus and had a great time.               … Read More

Marsh Arabs

July 13, 2006By Richard C PendryIraq, news No Comments

The oil rich area of Southern Iraq is normally associated with arid desert. But a short drive from the bare infertile plains, which contain the huge oils fields, lies an incredible wetland ecosystem called the Iraqi Marshes. The area, supplied by its water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was originally 20,000 km2, but under … Read More

Attack At Diyala Bridge, Baghdad

July 4, 2006By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

August 2006. Diyala Bridge, Baghdad, Iraq. The hole in the bridge was caused by a truck – laden with explosives – that was bound for Baghdad city centre. A common tactic by the insurgents is to detonate huge bombs in busy crowded areas, creating death and destruction on a huge scale. This time however, they didn’t … Read More