Birds in the Middle East by Jim Deming
Just before Rosenose crashed, I sent you a link to a blog by an American reservist birder that served in Iraq. In case you didn't see it, hereit is again: http://birdingbabylon.blogspot.com/.
Here is another blog by the same guy where he comments on the general situation in Iraq: http://phlebotomus.blogspot.com/
These blogs were featured on NPR a few weeks ago, when the author was still in Iraq. Hop you enjoy them as much as I have.