I know that this is probably too little, too late... and I don't know what platform you will be using in Iraq. But for what it's worth there are 2 Windows programs that I use for ripping DVD's... DVD Decrypter
and DVD Shrink
DVD Shrink I think is your best bet as you can choose what from the DVD you want to copy (Just the movie, the movie and the menu, certain subtitles or none at all - etc.) and you can save to ISO. (as far as I know)
You are probably in Iraq now without access to the forum, so this info is probably worthless, but I thought I might as well throw in my two cents.
Saturday August 9th, 2008: Acquired Technician-class Amateur Radio License. Assigned call KB3ROH.
February (?) 2010: Acquired General-class Amateur Radio License.