The Blog that Started it All

Looking for me? I’ve Moved on…

Hi there! Thanks for stopping in. I’m Christopher Allbritton. In 2002, I went stumbling around Iraqi Kurdistan, the northern part of Iraq outside Saddam’s direct control, looking for stories. (Some might call it “looking for trouble.”) In March 2003, I made it back in time for the war, becoming the Web’s first fully reader-funded journalist-blogger. …

Back to Iraq, In A Way

Tonight, “Only the Dead,” a documentary by my old Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware premiers on HBO. I am both anticipating and dreading this documentary. Ware was already well established as the guy with the sources in the insurgency by the time I started my second Iraq journey in early 2004. I met him in a hotel room in Baghdad …

The End of an Era, and the Beginning of a New One

Greetings all. It’s been a while. I wanted to take a small post and update you all on what’s happening here. As many of you know, for the past few months, I’ve been at Stanford as a Knight Fellow, researching foreign news and online content. This fellowship ends in June. I have decided to depart …

Official Numbers on Iraqi Casualties from U.S. Government?

Is this a first? The latest from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (big pdf) gives a casualty number of almost 100,000 Iraqi civilians to date, which may be the first time a U.S. government body has released this information. You can read the entire report, “Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience” (and order a …

Congratulations, Mr. POTUS…

So, Inauguration Day. It’s here and I still can’t quite believe it. Eight years of arguably the worst presidency in the history of the country are over and a new one begins with President Barack Obama. Like many Americans I am hopeful, anxious, enthusiastic and ready to move on. But I can’t help feeling a …

Uh, oh…

Many news outlets are reporting that several Katyusha rockets from southern Lebanon have landed in western Galilee in Israel, injuring two. Israel has apparently flown sorties over the Lebanese border and responded with mortar fire. Stratfor has some quickie insight that I find plausible: “… a Stratfor source in Hezbollah also noted recently that the …