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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: Is Waterboarding Torture?

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Note from Michael: Joe Galloway sends another column. Though I sharply disagree with much of what Joe writes, I always read his opinions. Further, I agree with Joe that waterboarding is wrong. We should not torture people. Any US service member or employee who engages in waterboarding, even with approval of higher authority, may face serious punishment some day. If our people are ordered to conduct torture, they should refuse and report it. If that does not work, call the press. One reason we are crushing al Qaeda in Iraq is because they use torture. I just returned from a walk through dark Baghdad streets that were practically owned by al Qaeda only months ago. The people hate al Qaeda precisely because al Qaeda operatives act as savages. Savages torture people. Waterboarding is torture. We are not savages.

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The Old New Way

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Anyone familiar with the Combined Action Platoons of the Vietnam War will understand what’s going on here. These Marines live, work, sleep, eat and bathe in the same neighborhoods they are helping to stabilize. In doing so, they’re no longer driving in from a forward operating base, or FOB, outside the city and conducting patrols. Instead, they wake up in the morning, plan a patrol, then walk out into the neighborhood and greet the men and women sweeping their sidewalks or tending their shops. They’re literally swarmed with children wanting a high five or a piece of chocolate.

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Joe Galloway: Asking Too Much of Too Few

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Michael Yon notes:
Though I sharply disagree with much of what Joe writes, I always read his column:

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Wall Street Journal Op-Ed of Interest

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Victory Is Within Reach In Iraq

By Michael A. Ledeen

Should we declare victory over al Qaeda in the battle of Iraq?

The very question would have seemed proof of dementia only a few months ago, yet now some highly respected military officers, including the commander of Special Forces in Iraq, Gen. Stanley McCrystal, reportedly feel it is justified by the facts on the ground.

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Joe Galloway on the McCaffrey Report

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19 October 07

Michael Yon notes:

I have just wrapped up a very interesting trip with British soldiers in southern Iraq. We spent much time in mine fields near the Iranian border. The area looked like a stairwell to hell. Numerous dispatches about the Brits and southern Iraq are on the way. Am currently back with American combat forces in Baghdad.

Joe Galloway sends another column. Though I sharply disagree with much of what Joe writes, I always read his opinions:

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The General Lee Comes Home

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[Michael landed in Baghdad on morning of 25 September 2007.]

War Weary Stryker Dubbed General Lee Comes Home For Reset

By Ann Roosevelt, for Defense Daily

By sea and by land, one of the Army’s war-battered Stryker vehicles known to its unit as the General Lee is coming home to Anniston Army Depot, Ala., where it was built, to be repaired and sent on to a unit in ready-to-fight condition.

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