Adnan Sarwar

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Adnan Sarwar is a former soldier who served for ten years in the British Army. He now writes, acts and lives in London. His interests are girls, guns and rum.


War

Shorn of Individuality

Shorn of Individuality

July 16, 2012

In Basic Training, we were given a set of civilian clothes which had to be worn

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Moonlight Over Basra

Moonlight Over Basra

July 09, 2012

One of my sergeant majors was an airborne soldier and what he said was gospel

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When the Towers Fell

When the Towers Fell

July 03, 2012

September 11 happened as soon as I’d gotten to my first regiment. It was

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The Futility of Cleanliness

The Futility of Cleanliness

June 25, 2012

The Army was obsessed with cleanliness. We’d crane our necks around the

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In the Shadow of the Yanks

In the Shadow of the Yanks

June 18, 2012

Everything was bigger with the Yanks: their soldiers, their food, and their

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Building Bridges and Making Soldiers

Building Bridges and Making Soldiers

June 11, 2012

The Royal Engineers did anything the Army needed—from building bridges to

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Ours Was Not to Reason Why

Ours Was Not to Reason Why

June 04, 2012

Tony Blair was interrupted at the Leveson Inquiry last week by a protestor

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A Millionaire in the Danger Zone

A Millionaire in the Danger Zone

May 28, 2012

Sunil* was a well-fed Indian shipping millionaire. I’d heard about him

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The Bore War

The Bore War

May 21, 2012

War is supposed to be full of action. Men are supposed to dive over barbed wire

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Last Letters

Last Letters

May 14, 2012

“I want you to shoot me,” he said. He must have been joking. It was a

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Too Far From the Front Line to Care

Too Far From the Front Line to Care

May 07, 2012

The Afghanistan war started over ten years ago. We’ve seen maps and graphics

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Ground Rules for a Perfect Society

Ground Rules for a Perfect Society

April 30, 2012

If you were drawing up plans on how to run a private members’ club, a larger

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Spies Unlike Me

Spies Unlike Me

April 23, 2012

Some soldiers are meant to join the elite forces, become spies, and swing

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I Lost My Virginity in the British Army

I Lost My Virginity in the British Army

April 16, 2012

Sex and soldiers are the forces of life and death crashing into one another. It

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The Uniforms Came in One Color

The Uniforms Came in One Color

April 09, 2012

“They’re racist and they’ll kick your head in,” a white man named Paul

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After the Trauma

After the Trauma

April 03, 2012

We used to joke about PTSD in the army. We used to call it the “new

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The Elephant on the Tube

The Elephant on the Tube

March 27, 2012

He saw people stare, but he looked right through them. His mind was on

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Many Are Called, But Few Are Heroes

Many Are Called, But Few Are Heroes

March 21, 2012

The word “hero” should not apply to every man and woman serving in the

Bravery Hurts

The Value of the Guiding Hand

The Value of the Guiding Hand

March 12, 2012

Leaning over the bar in London’s Union Jack Club drinking rum, I stood on

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How a Soldier Thinks

How a Soldier Thinks

March 06, 2012

There are over seven thousand dead in Syria now. What are the Syrian soldiers