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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.

Seven Myths About “Women in Combat"


17 March 2013

Published here with permission from the author.

Written By: G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)

120111-m-kw153-212-1000Marine photo / Cpl. Jennifer Pirante Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michelle Berglin trains for an upcoming deployment at Camp Pendleton in January.

Myth #1“It’s about women in combat.”

No, it’s not. Women are already in combat, and are serving well and professionally. The issue should be more clearly entitled, “Women in the infantry.” And this is a decidedly different proposition.

Myth #2“Combat has changed” (often accompanied by “There are no front lines anymore”).

This convenient misconception requires several counters. First, any serious study of military history will reveal numerous historical examples about how successive generations (over millennia) believed that warfare had changed forever, only to find that technology may change platforms, but not its harsh essence. To hope that conflicts over the last 20 years are models of a new, antiseptic form of warfare is delusional.

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FBR: Kachin Update

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FBR Report: Kachin Update – Photo set two; Attacks Against the Kachin are Sporadic but Displacement is Constant

Kachin State, Burma
8 March, 2013


One of five camps for displaced Kachin that was visited on this trip

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FBR: Burma Army Attacks Continue in Kachin State

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Burma Army Attacks Continue in Kachin State

Kachin State
29 January 2013
From Free Burma Rangers

Despite the Government of Burma declaring a ceasefire, Burma Army troops still continue to launch attacks in Kachin State.

In this Report:

• Burma Army troops take Hkaya Bum after repeated attacks
• Burma Army Tells Villagers to Leave Their Homes  

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