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    Awesome link, Jed. I started leafing through...

    Awesome link, Jed. I started leafing through those mags (WHY do they have to use frames?) and it's like a who's who of great comic artists from the 50s and 60s. Some amazing stuff.
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    I'm just getting a kick out of the idea that an...

    I'm just getting a kick out of the idea that an Afghan farmer could consistently (or even once) hit centre mass on a group of armed Taliban using a handgun. Like they're on the range every other day...
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    I don't disagree with your point, Jim, it's...

    I don't disagree with your point, Jim, it's excellent, but an AK comes with a strap, a pistol needs a holster, esp if you're wearing local manjammies. How long would it take for groups of Taliban to...
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    The program you point to is long-run...

    The program you point to is long-run registration, not gun control. The former failed because long guns have legal and long-established use on farms, hunting etc. and a single-shot .22 rifle is...
  5. How about looking at the French Resistance, armed...

    How about looking at the French Resistance, armed and supported by opposing nation states and enjoying almost universal support among the population, as a model for current insurgency, esp. when you...
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    New war nerd appears

    For those of us who celebrate such things, Brecher is back

    http://exiledonline.com/the-war-nerd-returns-be-famous-or-be-shot-tryin/
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    Hell, toss in a pic of Prabhakaran on his slab as...

    Hell, toss in a pic of Prabhakaran on his slab as a bookend to that one.
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    Most mainstream reporters are as trapped in FOBs...

    Most mainstream reporters are as trapped in FOBs as the troops there. They don't have permission to go off base just in case there's a ramp ceremony they need to cover. Not just in Afgh either - a...
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    If you had to live in some Parisian hellhole like...

    If you had to live in some Parisian hellhole like the 112th arrondisement, you'd be burning cars too.
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    Team Canada at Free Range International are my...

    Team Canada at Free Range International are my absolute favourite COINdanistas and they got a great article in today's Star. It's going to be totally ignored by the powers that be - I posted it on my...
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    Yeah, I suspect your grandfather and I would get...

    Yeah, I suspect your grandfather and I would get along just fine. Trust me, I look at what comes out of Afgh, and I am appalled, more than you are because I'm also a newspaper editor, and I can see...
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    That's a valid point that will be absolutely...

    That's a valid point that will be absolutely ignored by everyone here who uses the word 'media' not as a descriptive but as an epithet.

    All I'll add to that is some of the most ignorant, arrogant,...
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    I happen to be reading Atkinson's In The Company...

    I happen to be reading Atkinson's In The Company Of Soldiers, in which he embedded directly with Petraeus and the 101st (it's a good read and one I picked up due to the general's new job and his...
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    Canada shortens kill chain in Afghanistan

    I found this extremely interesting that trhe new (old) Canadian commander in Afghanistan is allowing troops latitude to do stuff like shoot bad guys:


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    So are these new local police forces part of, an...

    So are these new local police forces part of, an adjunct to, totally separate from or a replacement for the ANP?
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    My point was not that there have never been child...

    My point was not that there have never been child soldiers, only that a malnourished 14-year-old can handle the recoil of a bullet hose like an AK (and with eight moving part on some models and not...
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    You're asking questions that don't have...

    You're asking questions that don't have meaningful answers, no offence. You won't find anyone on the eponymous Arab Street that thinks the Hezzie victory was diminished by what has happened in the...
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    Yeah that one

    The ROE were drastically revised after that incident and child soldiers were treated as real ones by western militaries operating in Africa, even if they wore dresses, wigs and makeup and fought...
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    This happened to British forces in Sierra Leone...

    This happened to British forces in Sierra Leone with the West Side Boys, too. Once. They got over it.
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    Now Mantracker is working with the military on...

    Now Mantracker is working with the military on counter-IEDs.

    Canadian Cowboy Earns Army Spurs

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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    This topic has actually come up at a few NA...

    This topic has actually come up at a few NA security conferences I've attended, with fun sidebars like how Iran is underwriting Columbia's cocaine industry. Thanks for the link, I'm reading.

    Ian
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    I'm torn on this one: part of me wants to argue...

    I'm torn on this one: part of me wants to argue that street gangs have been fighting a small, dirty, limited war against the government and the police for years; but as soon as I say that, there's a...
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    I've been in this miserable business for 22...

    I've been in this miserable business for 22 years. People don't go OTR to share useful information; they do it to influence you, to vent, to express prejudices and opinions that they would never want...
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    Just remember we're in the age of Generation...

    Just remember we're in the age of Generation Kill, which has far more influence than Fick's book, although the latter was much better. Us old farts don't realize how much war has changed (or maybe...
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    There is a code of conduct for the media in Afgh...

    There is a code of conduct for the media in Afgh that comes in the form of an embed agreement, at least for those of us north of the border ...
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