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New Yorkers on the Afghan Steppe

July 29, 2018
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CHAHAR DARREH, Afghanistan — The night before the team of National Guardsmen headed out on a mission, their base commander launched into a short soliloquy. “Be a hard target,” Lt. Col. John Weber said as he looked around the room full of soldiers. He gave me a sideways glance. “Don’t give the ba…

(Washington Post — 6 August, 2008)
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CHAHAR DARREH, Afghanistan — Lt. Col. Abdul Hamid, a new police commander, was having trouble doing the math. When he took control of this district in the country’s north in early July, he had 54 officers. Since then, some had been transferred; others had disappeared.

(Washington Post — 6 August, 2008)
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