This Week in War

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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. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

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Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan soldier stands guard at the presidential palace on June 25th following a Taliban attack. Shah Merai/AFP/Getty

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This Week in War

Syriathepoliticalnotebook:

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. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

This round-up will be on hiatus the next two weeks (sorry), but will return! 

If you would like to receive this round-up as a weekly email, you can sign up through this form, or email me directly at torierosedeghett@gmail.com.

Photo: Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. (Photo by Khalil Hamra)

Who Benefits From US Wars?

The latest objective estimate for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is between $3.7 trillion and $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Prominent American economist Joseph E. Stiglitz put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion dollars in 2008. In September 2010 he said that our estimate “was if anything too low.” The United States is to spend more than $6 billion in Iraq in 2012 even though its forces are to withdraw from the country by the end of this year.

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 10, 2013

Computer Center

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

Senate Confirms Chair of Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Top Contractors Increased Business With Federal Government in 2012

Navy Leaders Try to Rescue LCS From Its Own Report

Pressure Building to Address Military Sexual Assault in Defense Bill

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 7, 2013

DHS

Number Of Names In Terror Database Increases by Over 300,000 In 5 Years

Soldiers Sent Back Into Combat After Concussion Suffer Consequences Years Later

Former Detainee Talks Of Desperation In Guantanamo Bay

Government Auditor Challenges White House Account of Afghanistan Security

Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War