The Illustrated Etiquette Guide for Soldiers (Iraq War Edition)Learn how to say "where are the prisoners kept?" in phonetic Arabic, plus cultural advice on hugging from the US military.
MoJo's Adam Weinstein picked up a copy of the US Defense Department's Iraq Culture Smart Card on his way to Iraq in 2008. The laminated fold-out guide for soldiers provides phonetic Arabic translations of "Where are the prisoners kept?" and "What type of mines are there?" It also offers cultural Do's and Don'ts about male hugging and small talk (good), and gestures like OK, thumbs up, and finger pointing (bad). All of the images in this slideshow come from the same US military Iraq Culture Smart Card. Click here to watch a video of Weinstein explaining the US military's cultural training guides.