Joshua Landis at Syria Comment just posted an entry that focused on American-Iraqi efforts to impose order on Western Iraq, and the Syrian role in the entire affair. After reading his post, I thought it would be timely to post a picture of this fort, which the Americans are building along the Iraqi-Syrian border.
I got the picture from this website. You can read details of how the Americans are planning to use these forts and how many they are planning to build by clicking on this link.
Addendum: These forts kind of remind me of Lego toys. However, there is something about them that also reminds me of ruins in Jordan that were once a string of Roman forts. They protected a trade route, and were situated on hill-tops as far as the eye could see. Soldiers communicated with each other by fire during night times.
But really, something bothers (or rather, tickles) me about these forts. Aren't they kind of anachronistic? Haven't the days of forts come to an end? Why do they look so stereotypical... almost like the plans were taken straight from a cartoon? Maybe I'm a bit surprized because I'm not a military person, but I do consider myself to be a relatively well-informed layman. Anyways, however usefull they turn out to be, the forts definitely are eye-catching. I'm not so sure how the soldiers who man them will feel about that!