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Thursday errata.

Posted in iraq, pakistan, us military by Karaka on 24 September 2009

I am very cranky today, so this is going to be brief.

This doesn’t bode well for Iraqi security measures. [Huffington Post]

Five al-Qaida-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt Thursday, officials said.

AP also reports a resurgence of crime in Iraq. It’s like the two stories are related or something.

NYT’s Sabrina Tavernise has an interesting article on changing female fashion in the Swat valley.

“When the Taliban fled, our burqas went with them,” said Shahin Begum, 40, an elementary school teacher, who returned to work on Aug. 1.

In a study of irony, the reporting on London Fashion Week was advertised to the immediate right of this article.

AP has a brief review of Pakistan’s recent security gains, while the NYT covers the conflict over US aid in the same country.

A procession of Obama administration economic experts have visited Islamabad, the capital, in recent weeks to try to ensure both that the money will not be wasted by the government and that it will be more effective in winning the good will of a public increasingly hostile to the United States, according to officials involved with the project.

Same shit, different nation.

The Small Wars Journal has the current draft of the Army Capstone Concept and wants input from the milblogosphere. Excuse me, my reaction can only be expressed in emoticon form: O.O I’ve printed it of; we’ll see if my annotations come up with anything worth replying to.

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