In the Shadow of the Swords

The Baghdad Police Academy

D.W. Wilber

A entertaining insight into how retired American Police Officers helped rebuild the Iraqi National Police.
Date Published :
October 2020
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009216
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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This vivid account gives an insight into the experience of living and working in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam.

Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein, the U.S. government embarked upon a reconstruction effort which included rebuilding an Iraqi National Police. Retired and former American Police Officers were contracted to travel to Iraq to train this new police force. Dependent on their experience and ingenuity to make life bearable under very austere conditions, and relying on the ‘gallows sense of humor’ they had acquired during their time in law enforcement back in the States, the instructors persevered in their task, often under trying and difficult circumstances, as well as hostile fire from insurgents determined to prevent the Iraqi police from regaining control of the streets of Baghdad.

Life at the Police Academy varied from sheer boredom to moments of terror as mortars and rockets rained in. Leaving the academy to travel through the streets of Baghdad to the Green Zone for meetings could easily result in being ambushed. D. W. Wilber recounts his experiences as part of this effort, and the unique personalities who came to Baghdad to serve as instructors to the Iraqi Police Cadets attending the Baghdad Police Academy.

About The Author

D.W. Wilber served as a Police Officer in St. Louis County, Missouri for 12 years. He also worked as a career intelligence officer for approximately eight years, and then did contract work for the government and the Special Operations community for over fifteen years. He has also consulted and provided training to foreign governments in Counterterrorism in the Middle East and in Eastern and Western Europe.

He is a conservative columnist with several hundred columns published. He is also a regular guest on radio programs as well as “Voice of a Nation” and “Viewpoint This Sunday” on the America Out Loud network.


There’s a Hell of a Gunfight going on
Back Home, to the World Again
Introduction to ICITAP, Baghdad
Baghdad or Bust
Never Have so Many Done so Little for so Much
An Armed Cop is a Happy Cop
Into the Red Zone
Camp Shield (The Baghdad Police Academy)
Happy New Year From Baghdad
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Choir Practice, Iraq Style“Thank You For Your Service”
And So It Begins (The First Day)
The Tin Hut
Promotion, or Not
Morale Phone ? What Morale Phone ?
Hide and Seek, For Thirteen Thousand Dollars a Month
The Seven Dead Puppies Saloon
Banking With a Gun on Your Hip
Wiffle Ball Champs
Going Home
Lessons Learned


“Del Wilber is the real deal. He’s been there, done that, and has the t-shirt to prove it. In the Shadow of the Swords brings light to a little-known aspect of our War on Terror; training foreign nationals to stand up on their own. This memoir provides an inside look at our nation’s efforts to train Iraqi police officers. A great storyteller, Del explores the challenges, fears, and humor of working in one of America’s most recent war zones. It’s a read you won’t soon forget.”

- Bob Hamer, veteran undercover FBI agent and author of "The Last Undercover"

“Look up 'genuine article' in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of Del Wilber. As an avid reader of non-fiction and true-life experiences, I expect credibility. Del Wilber has lived it and has now written this unbelievably true and can't-believe-it-happened account. Highly recommended.”

- Doug Richardson, author and screenwriter

“In The Shadow Of the Swords: The Baghdad Police Academy is a snarky and smart blade that’s plunged to the hilt in serious reality. The author and I served in Baghdad at the same time, I thought I knew a lot, but I’ve done nothing but learn from this book. Solid writing. Entertaining. Awesome storytelling with amazing first-hand accounts about a whole new angle on the war in Iraq. Loaded with modest heroes that made a difference."

- Boone Cutler, Iraq War Combat Veteran, author of "PsyOp’er, The Truth and Lies About The Greatest Influence Operation Since WWII"

"Del is an outstanding storyteller who brings all of his experiences as a soldier and Agency operative to bear in his smart and often humorous writing."

- Tim Abell, Actor

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