Taken  on my travels through hostile environments:

War is always bloody and barbaric, however here are a small group of photos showing life between the bad. Wherever I’ve gone in hostile environments, I’ve always taken a camera…a great tool in conflict resolution. I’ve taken well over a thousand photographs in my time in war as a civilian security adviser to the media, diplomats and others.



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“An intricate ancient wall in the old city of Baghdad. 2003.”


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“Young Palestinian boys offer sweets to an Israeli Defence Force soldier and his mates, Ramallah, Palestine. 2002 (Second Intifada). They were having fun on both sides, they even spent 20 minutes playing football against each other. Then, in another part of town it all kicked off, separating what was a great moment in a way too long disputed Region.”


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 “Farmers or Taliban or both? Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2004.”



“A young Kuchi tribe boy on the plains to the East of Kabul, 2005.”

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“Beating old carpets back to their real colour, and getting them ready to sell. Baghdad, Iraq, 2004.”

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“First light, Baghdad, Iraq, 2004.”

olive pickers clashes

“Women in the West Bank walking to the olive groves to take lunch to their families. 2002”

A Kurdish message. Northern Iraq. 04

“A Kurdish message, Northern Iraq, 2004.”

Buy my kite in Kabul Mar 07

“The kite seller of Kabul, Afghanistan 2007.”

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“Afghan women waiting their turn to pray, 2007.”



“Templar markings from the Crusades on a wall in East Jerusalem. 2002”



“A gathering of elders in the desert, Saudi Arabia, 2004.”

pak fort tribal areas

“Pakistani military fort sits in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan’s border with Paktika Province, Afghanistan. 2006.”



“Photojournalist in the sand dunes at sunset, Saudi Arabia, 2004.”


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“Concrete stairs that led down to a tunnel from a still under construction grand mosque in Baghdad back to Saddam’s palace, that his presidential motorcade could drive through. 2003”



“The gateway to foreign policy. Inside Saudi Arabia’s oil. 2004.”


Two boys stand in a Peshmurgah graveyard. 04

“Two young boys visit their father, Northern Iraq, 2004.”


“How to greatly increase your security…photo angled in the reflection of a hotel’s windows. Saudi Arabia, 2004.”

Sept 2002 Jounalists kicked out of Ramalah

“A Western news team compromised in their location are now being kicked out of Ramallah by Israeli forces. We were lucky, we moved three times during this period of Arafat’s 30+ day siege by Israeli forces on his headquarters in Ramallah, West Bank. I was hiding in an attic with a Palestinian cameraman when I took this photograph. We had no journalist at the time as Ramallah was on lockdown, or as the Israeli’s would call it…a closed military area. We spent the whole period of the siege overlooking Arafat’s compound, eventually getting journalists in to join us. We were watching it slowly get taken apart by tanks, explosives and heavy machine gun fire. World pressure saved Arafat from certain death or at least extradition. He came out at the end, smiling with the two fingered salute. West Bank, 2002.”

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“A giant insect with a giant sting. US Apache sits awaiting it’s next mission. Baghdad 2004.”


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President Yasser Arafat (stood between the oil drum and the sand bags) blowing a kiss to his waiting supporters and to the world. The end of Arafat’s siege, Ramallah, West Bank, 2002. 


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Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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4 thoughts on “BOB SHEPHERD’S WARS.”

  1. Excellent photos Bob. Thank you for including me.

    Ducket. Old friend of Fred Marafono, we were in touch some years ago.

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