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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.

Joe Galloway 02 April 2008

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From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Joseph L. Galloway

McClatchy Newspapers

MCT COLUMN 248
(04/02/2008)


The fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq sparked many memories of the beginning of a war that isn't even close to being over and has, so far, consumed the lives of more than 4,000 American troops.
A good friend, Tony Cordero, has written of that day in early spring of 2003 when he and a group of sons and daughters of American military men who were killed during the Vietnam War heard the news that a brand-new war was at hand while they were on their way home from Southeast Asia, where they'd visited the places where their fathers died.
This week, I turn this space over to Tony and his memories:

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The Basra Model

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The outcome of the Battle of Basra is still unclear. But as things stabilize in that critical city—the southern gateway to Iraq's oil wealth—Basra may well turn out to be Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Kasserine Pass.

Click Here to read the entire article written by Michael Hirsh in Newsweek.

Counterinsurgency: Predictions and Prescriptions

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Yon also predicted that al Qaeda in Iraq “will no longer exist as a strategic component in this war” by the end of this summer. “Reconciliation,” he said, is now the “proximate challenge” that Petraeus should address in his testimony.

Read the entire article here in the Standford Review, written by Tristan Abbey.

What the FBI has been up to

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On Friday, dozens of FBI agents and support professionals at our Headquarters in Washington lined up to give blood to the brave men and women of our nation’s military—the first time that the U.S. Armed Services Blood Program has ever held a blood drive outside of a military facility.

How that happened is quite a story.

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Paul McLeary brings it home

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On the Ground: The Grunts and The Press

 

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it, it has been the story of their lifetime, but we’ve nevertheless seen coverage of the war slip off the front pages over the last few months. While there are still plenty of reporters risking their lives doing great work in Iraq, much of the political, social, and economic complexity of today’s war seems to be getting lost in the election-year crush..........

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