Sandstorms in Iraq Look Like This…

I didn’t take this picture. (I did, however, take liberty to fix it up for the web.) No, I found it on the base’s network drives and thought you guys should know what it is I’ve been breathing when these storms roll in. Known locally as haboobs, these storms typically roll in from the west or northwest carrying dirt and sand from Arabia and Syria. They can last days, the longest one I’ve personally had to endure being two days long. They look menacing, sure, but with the right gear, they aren’t much of a hassle. Of course, you stay inside when these things are rolling through, but when you have to go outside, keffiyahs handle them nicely.

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