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Recruited by Iran to fight for Syrian regime, young Afghans bring home cash and scars - WaPo, July 29, 2018
Even more than religion, these Afghan recruits seem mainly driven by necessity, reenlisting again and again to take home another few hundred dollars in military pay — even as they risk injury or death in front-line battles where few Iranian troops are sent. Although they can vividly recount specific battles, they have limited knowledge of the wider causes and complex international roles in the war.
ForeignFighters  refugees  Afghanistan  Shia  IranianProxy  Mar15 
6 days ago by elizrael
War Without End
The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.
afghanistan  war 
10 days ago by jacobraleigh
War Without End (The New York Times)
‘The dead were not replaceable, and they had been lost in a place the Army did not need them to be. Sometimes, when he was awake in the restless hours between midnight and dawn, his memories of lost friends orbiting his mind, Soto entertained the questions. What befell those who sent them? Did generals lose sleep, too? “They just failed as leaders,” he said. “They should know: They failed, as leaders. They let us down.”’
clippings  war  Iraq  Afghanistan  foreign+policy  Department+of+Defense 
11 days ago by mjb
The service members killed today in confirmed as Czech soldiers.
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15 days ago by andriak

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