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Did I Kill Anyone in Iraq? The Truth Is, I’ll Never Know

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 3:53 pm (UTC-4)
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In the decade since returning from Iraq, I’ve found that it’s the one thing family, friends, girlfriends, bosses and colleagues want to know most….It’s like a mental kidney stone. It isn’t always painful, but there is no way to pass it from mind without knowing what happened, which is impossible.

Obama: 8,400 U.S. Troops to Stay in Afghanistan

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 3:54 pm (UTC-4)
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President Obama announced Wednesday that approximately 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of the year. That’s about 3,000 more than originally planned.

Reconsidering Safe Zones in Syria

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 4:10 pm (UTC-4)
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We have little choice but to return to the question of safe zones for Syria….It would not have to focus on immediate regime change, but rather…providing a safe space for moderate opposition to…rebuild civil society…If properly enforced, refugees could resettle in these protected areas and begin the process of building an alternative to Mr. Assad…

Obama’s Generals Want More U.S. Troops in Iraq

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 10:47 am (UTC-4)
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According to several senior military, congressional and administration officials, the generals on the ground, including Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland…have been frustrated by what they see as arbitrary caps on troop levels set by the White House and a process that discourages them from directly asking for what they need.