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This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.
- News this morning:A NATO helicopter crash in Kabul killed 12 in the helicopter and 4 civilians on the ground. A previously unreported shooting last month has been revealed in which an Afghan shot and killed a Marine.
- Jeremy Scahill wrote an excellent piece for the Nation on why President Obama has been behind the continued detention of a Yemeni journalist.
- Syria marks the one-year anniversary of its revolution’s beginnings.
- The Guardian has obtained several thousand of the private emails of Bashar and Asma al-Assad.
- Human Rights Watch reports that Syria is laying landmines along its borders with Lebanon and Turkey.
- Clashes have erupted once more in Bahrainon the one-year anniversary of a government crackdown on the revolution.
- Bahrain plans to retry 20 medics who were originally convicted and sentenced to prison terms for assisting protesters, among a number of charges of anti-state activity.
- Israel saw its latest flare-up with Gaza as a warm-up act, or practice run, for an impending war with Iran.
- The US eyes former NSC official Brett McGurk for the position of US ambassador to Iraq.
- The Afghan who crashed his pick-up truck near Secretary Panetta’s plane has died of his injuries.
- Matthieu Aikins examines a confidential NATO report on the Taliban in Afghanistan for GQ.
- The Taliban have pulled out of preliminary peace talks with the US and called off plans to establish an office in Doha.
- The suspect in the massacre of Afghan civilians has been flown to Kuwait.
- New poll numbers show that the American public’s confidence in US military power has declined, as has specific support for the Afghan war.
- Pakistan has told the US that it may no longer make use of its airspace for drone strikes.
- Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam will replace ISI Chief Shuja Pasha as Pakistan’s spymaster on March 18th.
- The ICC has handed down its first ruling: Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga is convicted of conscripting child soldiers.
- A secret squadron of Australian special forces have been at large in Africa performing spy operations in a number of countries.
- Houston plans to honor the returned Iraq war veterans with a parade next month.
- Female soldiers stationed in the US prove their mettle against their male counterparts in cagefighting tournaments.
- Army mental health workers are discouraged from official diagnoses of mental health problems in war zones.
- Back injuries and chronic back pain are troubling veterans.
Photo: Diraz, a village west of Manama, Bahrain. March 10th. Protesters are silhouetted by a flaming barricade they’ve set up as they clash with riot police after Fadhel Mirza’s funeral procession. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters