Balad you say, I believe that's a good day's sailing South West of Suli. But, it be near Baghdad, and there be some mighty fierce pirates in those waters. Saddam the Sailor, himself was last seen hanging around those parts
. No, I don't sail South much, nor East, cos those are Iranian waters, lost
three shipmates over that way this year and they still haven't returned. Them Iranians are getting wealthier and wealthier, and as everyone knows there's nothing more dangerous than enriched Iranians. No, I don't sail East. Can't sail North nether, into Turkish waters. Lovely people the Turks, warm and welcoming but if I sail in, I can't sail out again. West now, I can sail West, but between Suli and the Syrian waters there be the Kurdish Doldrums and deep inside you'll find the islands of Kirkuk and Mosul, full of reefs
and hidden dangers. So, I stays in Suli waters (Heineken mainly) biding me time, hoping for a change of wind
and calm seas.