[ by Charles Cameron — parroting Somerset Maugham in the context of suicide ops ]
The story [lower panel] is Somerset Maugham‘s version of the tale..
No news from Samarra since Feb 28th, when Radio Free Europe reported:
IS Militants Attack Samarra
Militants from the radical group Islamic State (IS) have launched an attack on the northern Iraq city of Samarra, where security forces and Shi’ite militia groups have been assembling ahead of an anticipated offensive against IS positions.
Suicide bombers detonated their explosives-laden vehicles in the northern part of Samarra early February 28 and a man in a Humvee also packed with explosives blew up his vehicle in the southern part of the city.
Those who actually volunteer for these suicide missions, however, will find their path to Death in Samarra way more direct.