Category: Afghanistan

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When Scholars Join the Slaughter

A core tenet of the Obama administration’s plans for “victory” in Iraq and Afghanistan is an increased reliance on counterinsurgency. As previously reported on this web site, the US military has sent shock troops – anthropologists, sociologists and social psychologists – with their own troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan, who also donned helmets and

Soldiers Who Just Say No

by Jon Letman | IPS KAUAI, Hawaii – Six months into Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.S. public’s display of antiwar sentiment has faded to barely a whisper. Despite Obama’s vow to withdraw all combat forces from Iraq before September 2011, he plans to leave up to 50,000 troops in “training and advisory” roles. Meanwhile, nearly

Book Excerpt, The Will to Resist

The following is reprinted from Foreign Policy in Focus. Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Dahr Jamail’s The Will To Resist: Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books). The testimonies below were collected at a national conference, “Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan,” held by Iraq Veterans Against the War. The


Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan By Dahr Jamail An award-winning, unembedded journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against military occupation. “Dahr Jamail’s human portrait of the men and women who turned away from the project of empire should serve as a beacon…The truth they tell demands that we