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Soldiers and sailors in small-town papers

One of the things I like about reading small-town newspapers (I read two weeklies where I live in Maine, and follow the websites of two other papers) is the short stories about members of the community who have gone off to the military.

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Top U.S. General: Many Iraqis Believe Washington Aiding Islamic State

The general in charge of U.S. special operations forces in Iraq for the past six months says Washington's information campaign in the Middle East is so inadequate that many Iraqi troops believe American forces are secretly supplying the Islamic State — potentially leaving U.S. forces vulnerable to reprisal attacks from their nominal allies in the fight against the militants.

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Ucko’s epitaph on the COIN debate

Dunno why it took me so long, but I just came across David Ucko’s article “Critics gone wild: Counterinsurgency as the root of all evil.”

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New Question About Drone Strike That Killed Missing American

Why did al Qaeda keep two Western hostages in the same compound as a top terrorist leader?

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Who lost Iraq? I don’t think it was Obama, I think it was Iraq’s Shiite leaders

Iraq’s Shiites were an oppressed people. Now they are not. So why am I not happy for them, rejoicing in their rise?

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