172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team

The next unit, the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was scheduled to depart in August. The decision to let the troops go had to be made in July, since they would be loading their nineteen-ton armored vehicles onto trailers and trucking them to Kuwait. Chiarelli recommended delaying their departure, but …

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Greatest Mountains

Every good list should have a wildcard entry. Greatest mountains. Top ten albums. Best chocolate bars. An entry that makes you stop and ponder, one that ensures debates will rage in pubs across the land. Devoke Water is my wildcard for this guidebook. Depending on your point of view, Devoke …

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Greek Myths

Let us begin with beginnings: What is the underlying purpose of the Greek myths, and why today—more than ever, perhaps—should we pay attention to them? I believe the answer lies in a single passage of what is perhaps the most celebrated work of ancient Greece, the Odyssey of …

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Ayman Al Zawahiri

In 1997, Ayman Al Zawahiri – bin Laden’s deputy – underscored the intent of Al Qaeda by inciting a massacre of tourists in Egypt, an atrocity that left 62 dead, including children. One Swiss woman witnessed her father’s head being severed from his body. The Swiss federal police concluded that …

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