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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.

A Thank You Letter

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[Web Administrator’s Note: The following letter and photograph was sent to Michael Yon from LTC Jim Crider, the commander of the 1-4 CAV soldiers based at FOB Falcon whose progress reports have recently been published on this site.]

Thank You, America.

Some time ago, I ran into an old high school friend who asked me if I was still in the Army.  After I said yes, he slowly shook his head and asked me how much longer I had to go before I could get out.

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General Barry R McCaffrey Report

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Adjunct Professor of International Affairs

December 18, 2007

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Doura Progress Report

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1-4 CAV Update #8 by LTC Jim Crider

DEC 07
Despite the hardships associated with our current deployment there are many things that are personally rewarding. Undoubtedly, when we return to Fort Riley we will do so with an enormous sense of accomplishment as a team and personal satisfaction as individual soldiers. In our area it is indisputable that we have set the conditions for political progress and are working hard to move forward on the local level. The current situation is not irreversible as there are certainly those with designs for power looking for opportunities to return to chaos.

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Joe Galloway December 5

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Folks give me a plenty hard time for publishing Joe.  Whereas I regularly disagree with him and several times have had to discipline myself not to phone him for his writings, I do respect the man.  Some of the military leaders I respect most, agree with my decision to publish Joe.  Others do not agree.  I’m in the United Kingdom with British soldiers for a break from the war.  These soldiers seem to love Joe.  They’ve all fought for freedoms, and so has Joe.  American, British, Australian or Polish commanders who would like to say their piece, are welcome on these pages.  I will publish writings from battalion or brigade commanders in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Please just contact John Mason through your Public Affairs Folks (Media Ops), and this space is yours.

Now for Joe:

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Joe Galloway November 29

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[Michael Yon:] “This morning, in Mosul, LTC Eric M. Welsh, Commander of 2d Squadron, 7th Cavalry, issued a plaque to me for “combat spurs.” LTC Welsh told me that the only other writer to receive this award was Joe Galloway, and I said to LTC Welsh not more than an hour ago, that I just read Joe’s latest column. I am humbled to receive this honor from 2-7 CAV.”"Joe’s latest column is out. As always, I disagree with much of what he writes, but do respect and read his words. He’s certainly earned his opinions far more than most.”

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Ameriyah Update

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Web Administrator Notes:
Michael Yon has a policy to publish anything written by an American BN commander in Iraq or Afghanistan on this website.

The following is submitted from Lt. Col. Dale Kuehl, the U.S. Battalion Commander who works directly with Abu Abed of Ameriyah in response to the 10 NOV07 Guardian article written by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.

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