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After five years, the Iraq war is transforming the military

March 16, 2008

Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers 

WASHINGTON — When U.S. forces crossed the Kuwaiti border into Iraq in the pre-dawn hours of March 20, 2003 , the military set out to shock and awe the Middle East with the swiftest transformation the region had ever seen.

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Five years and hundreds of billions of dollars later, it’s the U.S. military that’s been transformed. The efficient, tech-savvy Army , built, armed and trained to fight conventional wars against aggressor states, is now making deals with tribal sheiks and building its power on friendly conversations with civilians.

Instead of planning for quick, decisive battles against other nations, as it was five years ago, today’s American military is planning for protracted, nuanced conflicts with terrorist groups, insurgents, guerrillas, militias and other shadowy forces that seldom stand and fight.

The staples of American military doctrine that have developed since the Civil War — artillery, armor, air power, speed and overwhelming force— are of limited use against enemies who blend into civilian populations.

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Vietnam parade marks 40 years since Tet Offensive

February 2, 2008

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam on Friday marked 40 years since the Tet Offensive with colourful military parades of its veterans and re-enactments of the surprise wave of urban assaults that marked a turning point in the war.

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Communist Party leaders and military chiefs watched as former guerrillas and regular soldiers filed past Ho Chi Minh City‘s Reunification Palace, formerly the presidential palace of the US-backed Saigon regime ousted in 1975.

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Veterans of the Vietnam war march in rememberance. Vietnam on ... 
Veterans of the Vietnam war march in rememberance. Vietnam on Friday marked 40 years since the Tet Offensive with colourful military parades of its veterans and re-enactments of the surprise wave of urban assaults that marked a turning point in the war.
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Turkey-Iraq Border Tensions, Fighting Continue

December 23, 2007
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A Turkish soldier patrols in an army vehicle on a road near Yuksekova in southeastern Turkey, bordering Iraq, December 22, 2007.Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, the General Staff said, in Turkey’s latest cross-border offensive. The military said in a statement posted on its webpage that the offensive against outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas inside Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq would continue. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkish fighter jets bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Sunday, a spokesman for security forces in the Kurdish-run region said.

The spokesman, Jabar Yawar, said the jets bombed an area about 50 miles north of Irbil near the border with Turkey for about an hour and a half. He said there were no civilian casualties because the area was deserted due to a fear of Turkish attacks.

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