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Expert's picks: The top 10 sites to follow if you want to understand events in Iraq

By Joel Wing

Best Defense guest columnist

As Iraq has returned to the headlines and the United States and its allies are getting involved militarily again there is increased interest in the country. Here in no particular order is a short list of ten Internet sites that will keep you up to date on the politics, security, and economic situation in the nation.

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What the Army's writers probably were trying to say when they stepped into a big pile of 'rapid curricular responsiveness'

I was reading an article in the Australian Army Journal from 2009 when I thought to myself, "Hey, this is probably what the U.S. Army was trying to say with that stupid white paper on human performance optimization." That's what I said to myself.

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The literary Marine: Phil Klay's remarks after winning the National Book Award

"I know there's at least one Marine in the audience. Any more? Some backup? Just two of us? We can take 'em. I did not think I would be up here, so I didn't write anything until this morning when my wife asked, did you write anything, and I said no, and she said, you have to write something. So...

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