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Afghanistan: Pentagon says Karzai has little support

According to a new Pentagon report, only 1 in 4 Afghans support President Hamid Karzai in the districts considered strategically important. From McClatchy: Opinion surveys, the report said, found only 24 percent of the people in those 121 districts sympathize … Continue reading

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The Volcano has left me stranded

Wanted to post a note: I’ve been on assignment in Europe, and thus have been caught in the great volcano catastrophe. While in the midst of rearranging my travel plans, blogging will be nonexistent to light for the next couple … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Roadside bombs double in past year

This caught my eye. The number of crude roadside bombs in Afghanistan has doubled in the past year, prompting U.S. officials to rush billions of dollars of new protective gear to troops and double the number of road-clearing teams. The … Continue reading

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Iraq: Operation Proper Exit, wounded veterans return to Iraq

Yesterday, I joined Captain Ferris Butler and Specialist John Hyland on NPR’s program ‘Talk of the Nation’ to discuss the trip I took with Operation Proper Exit. It’s a program designed by the Troops First Foundation, and supported by the … Continue reading

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Iraq: Allawi wins the election

Ayad Allawi, head of the secular Iraqiya bloc, has won the most seats in the Iraq elections. 91 seats to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s 89. Now, as they say, the fun starts: prepare for months of wrangling over what the … Continue reading

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If you're in Vermont today… 'I Lost My Love in Baghdad'…

On the off chance you happen to be in Vermont this evening, I’ll be at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction at 6:30 PM, reading from the paperback and talking Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a great independent shop, so stop by, … Continue reading

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On How Americans Remember War

After posting yesterday on a certain New York Times columnist (who also inspired posts here and here and here) frequent T/S commenter David of L.A. wrote a fascinating comment that I wanted to highlight in a separate post. Particularly this … Continue reading

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