XCOM computer games have been classic experiences since 1994. Through 11 updates the science fiction game relies on an international COMbat team to counter eXtra-terrestrial invasions of Earth. A simple, turn-based game doesn’t sound like a great military simulation but XCOM has never been simple.
In 2007, news correspondent Martha Raddatz published The Long Road Home describing the events of April 4th, 2004 when 2-5 Cavalry assumed their mission in Sadr City, Iraq in the midst of a horrific ambush. Sadr City had been quiet for a year, the Shia population was waiting to see if the American occupation would work out on their behalf. The Shias had been much abused under Saddam Hussein’s regime and the city was a huge slum.