Special Reports

Dig in! Lunch with Iraqi police is, uhm, interesting

Lunch with Iraqi police is a true cultural experience.

They brought out huge platters with legs of lamb and chickens in a bed of rice and other vegetables and plate-sized rounds of flat bread.

The Americans dished up paper plates and sat down. So did some of the Iraqi officials.

But most Iraqis stood at the table and ate straight from the platters with their hands.

— Roger Phillips

Kirkuk is a Pepsi town.

Every store has Pepsis out front and usually a Pepsi sign.

When you visit someone, they almost always offer you a Pepsi. I have not seen a Coke outside of the base.

— Roger Phillips

When he patrolled the Oruba neighborhood of Kirkuk, Cpl. Shaun Hall of Boise waved to the kids on the street.

"Hello," Hall yelled from his Humvee.

"I love you," he said to a few little girls.

"I feel like I'm in a parade," said Hall, as he waved to more kids.

— Kim Hughes

This Sunday is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in the states.

The time change in Iraq was early Friday morning. We sprung forward a couple days before Idaho.

Which explains why we ended up calling Channel 7 for our 6:25 a.m. Friday report an hour early.

— Roger Phillips