The Iraq Issue 2007

  • Life In Hell

    Running for your life from fundamentalist bandits, helplessly watching innocent women being shot in the street, and car-bomb explosions that shatter your bedroom window. Just another humdrum day in the life of a student in Baghdad.

  • I Was Uday Hussein

    The hand that rocks the oil pumps controls the world. Between 1979 and 2003, that hand was Saddam Hussein's. He would also use it to sign death warrants on dissenters, to murder his own countrymen, and to plot disastrous wars with neighboring countries.

  • Weapons Of Mass Bewilderment

    The infamous battle of the Baghdad airport took place in the first week of April 2003. It was the final battle of the "official" conquest of Iraq.

  • Keep It In The Family

    Even after the guards got caught stacking naked prisoners like a hairy, human-rights-violating cheerleading team in 2004, very little changed in the awful conditions at Abu Ghraib.

  • Baghdad Brothel

    Allah never smiled on street walking. Under Iraq's former Baathist regime, being a prostitute was seriously risky business.

  • Insurgent Vs. Insurgent

    Abu Omar cleans his machine gun with an old checkered Arab headdress that he also uses to conceal his identity when he's fighting on the streets. But this insurgent hasn't fought the Americans in two weeks.

  • Sunni Or Shiite?

    After the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003, the army was dissolved, and former high-ranking Baath Party members were removed from their positions.

  • Iraq From Above

    Do you know that thing Denzel Washington said in Philadelphia, where he'd go, "I don't get it. Tell it to me like I'm a five-year-old." When he said it, he meant, "Cut the shit."

  • Counterfeit Iraqi

    For many years, I've known this guy who makes counterfeit documents. He's not the only one in Iraq doing it, but he's one of the best. He can fake anything from a passport to a visa.

  • Doctor Doom

    Thirty years ago, Iraq's health care system was one of the most stellar in the Middle East. It was devastated by repeated conflicts and 13 years of embargo, and the invasion destroyed anything that was left

  • Vice Mail

    THE GIRLS ISSUE SAVED MY LIFEThanks a million for The Girls Issue! 2006 was pretty shitty—I lost my job, got fucked over by untold boys (it was international fuckeries too—one from Sweden, one from L.A.

  • Assraelis: Israeli Erotica