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Gary Owen is the pen name for a former military officer/current civilian development worker in Afghanistan. Main dish is Afghanistan with a lot of bacon on the side.

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Theres a cloud of misunderstanding surrounding the use of tear gas in ferguson 1408557712 article
Vice News

Yes, Tear Gas Being Used in Ferguson Is Banned in Warfare — But Not in War Zones | VICE News

Much has been made of the fact that international accords outlaw the use of tear gas in war — but it's more complex than that....

lawfareblog.com

Sorry, Folks: Things Are Not Actually Going So Great in Afghanistan ...

Sorry, Folks: Things Are Not Actually Going So Grea...

The Guardian

10 tricks to appear intelligent during development meetings | Global ...

10 tricks to appear intelligent during development ...

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Vice News

The Islamic State Is Making America's Breakup With Afghanistan Awfully Messy | VICE News

Drastic increases in airstrikes and the unusual roles being played by senior US Army generals signal how poorly the US believes the war in Afghanistan is going....

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Vice News

Rahm Emanuel's Gun-of-the-Month Club Is Not Going to Help Chicago | VICE News

New gun-control legislation from Chicago's mayor is attempting to address a crisis — the fact that he could lose the next election....

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lawfareblog.com

Sorry, folks—Things are not actually going so great in Afghanistan - Lawfare

Sorry, folks—Things are not actually going so great...

taskandpurpose.com

The Truth Behind The Afghanistan ‘Success Story’

Loren Thompson painted a pretty picture of Afghanistan in a recent Forbes article. Too bad it isn’t accurate.

Vice News

Phantom Troops, Taliban Fighting, and Wasted Money — It's ...

Phantom Troops, Taliban Fighting, and Wasted Money ...

Vice News

Afghanistan and Iran Get Cozier — Which Is Good News for the US ...

Afghanistan and Iran Get Cozier — Which Is Good New...

Vice News

The Real Reason the US Military Was So Secretive About Afghanistan

The Real Reason the US Military Was So Secretive Ab...

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Vice News

A Gang Rape in Afghanistan Is Exploited for Political Theater | VICE News

An Afghan appeals court upheld death sentences today for five men convicted of brutal gang rapes. But the trials had little to do with justice for the victims....

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The Globe And Mail

Taliban peace talks, even if they happen, leave questions unanswered

Taliban peace talks, even if they happen, leave que...

Why obamas loophole extension of the us combat role in afghanistan is no surprise 1416669010 article
Vice News

Obama's Secret Extension of the US Role in Afghanistan Should Come as No Surprise | VICE News

Obama's classified order to extend the role of the US military in Afghanistan in 2015 puts in motion plans that American commanders have been hinting at for the last few months....

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Vice News

A Warlord, a Drug Smuggler, and a Killer: Meet the Men Poised to Rule Afghanistan | VICE News

The vacuum left by America's departure from Afghanistan is going to be filled by criminals with whom the US has made uneasy alliances....