- Educated at the private Rannock School in Scotland and Sandhurst
- Singled out for his service in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s
- Went on to serve in Bosnia, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan
- UK's most senior commander in Iraq, serving as deputy to General David Petraeus
- Knighted in 2009
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 2003 invasion, Iraq is still struggling with insurgents, deadly sectarian feuds and corruption.
Ali Hamdani reflects on Iraq war during which he risked his live on a daily basis to show the world "what was happening in my country".
Military blogs really came to prominence during the Iraq War as soldiers took to the internet to share their experience of the frontline.