April 29, 2014

The Iraqi Military's Downward Spiral

Max Boot, Commentary

The Associated Press

The best article on Afghanistan that I have read recently is an article about Iraq. Specifically, this article in the Wall Street Journal on the travails of the Iraqi military in facing an insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (as al-Qaeda in Iraq is now called). 

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TAGGED: Iraq, Afghanistan


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