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You think all our snow is bad? How about an airport closed because of mud rain? Yes, Erbil International Airport, EBL, 2/8/12

The above photo was taken at the entrance of Erbil International Airport (EBL) in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq on Feb. 8, 2012.

Iraq gets these crazy dust storms that are like a blizzard. Mix in a little rain and you get--yes, mud rain.

The dust gets into everything. This storm shut the airport down for a day or so. Our poor cleaning crew--the hardest working bunch of people I've ever been around, mostly from Nepal--worked for days to clean up the dirt.

In 2012-13, I was the foreign legal adviser at EBL. More about that later.