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The Ultimate Sacrifice

This holiday weekend, we pause to acknowledge those brave men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedoms. Serving along side them, with every bit as much bravery, have been America’s Military Working Dogs. 159 more words

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Taliban, Afghan president declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

KABUL — The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country’s president said the government would reciprocate. 237 more words

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washed out Rumi

Ibrahim Gamard, Rawan Farhadi, William Chittick, and Franklin Lewis disapprove of making versions. I understand the objections. What I do is a homemade, amateurish, loose, many-stranded thing, without much attention to historical context, nor much literal faithfulness to the original…

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little ice-cream shop

Limited by my numbered days on the land I often refer to as “back home”, I asked for Kabul’s infamous icecream. Jostled in the backseat of an old taxi, I waited patiently. 347 more words

Empire Files: The Forgotten Wars, Part I

From Abby Martin and Mike Prysner, an Empire Files interview with USMC Afghanistan war veteran, John Motter.

If you know anyone considering joining the military, offer them this. 156 more words

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MarySmith'sPlace - Afghanistan Adventures #36 Will we ever get to Lal?

Autumn 1989

In the morning, our breath escaped in great clouds of steam. The mountains to the north were topped by white snow caps, glistening in the early sunshine. 993 more words

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