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Expert's picks: The top 10 sites to follow if you want to understand events in Iraq

By Joel Wing

Best Defense guest columnist

As Iraq has returned to the headlines and the United States and its allies are getting involved militarily again there is increased interest in the country. Here in no particular order is a short list of ten Internet sites that will keep you up to date on the politics, security, and economic situation in the nation.

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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Arthur the Athlete Dog

By Rebecca Frankel

Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

NPR's Bill Chappell reported a story this week that seems befitting of the day following Thanksgiving -- though it's not the story of a MWD or even a dog in combat. But it is one that offers a clear view into the heart of a dog and the iron will goes with it. 

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If I could change one thing (IV): I’d allow service members to move back and forth between active duty and the reserves

 

By Jesse Sloman, Best Defense contest entry

If I could change one thing about the U.S. military personnel system, I would create a pathway for service members to move back and forth between active duty and the reserves throughout their careers. Rather than viewing the active force and the reserves as distinct and separate, the Defense Department (DoD) should adopt a manpower management model described by some leaders as a ‘continuum of service,' in which personnel would shift between statuses while retaining their competitiveness for promotion and retirement benefits.

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First person refugee: A journalist takes his 'Call of Duty' sons to a real war (2)

By Jim Gourley

Best Defense video games critic

Swedish journalist Carl-Magnus Helgegren was equally confused by his two sons' passion for Call of Duty, but when they approached him about buying last year's edition of the game, the Swedish journalist and documentary filmmaker's parental instincts overrode his academic curiosity. Helgegren had traveled to Israel to cover the conflict in Palestine in 2009. On his blog, he wrote that he remembered that trip as he and his sons discussed the game. "I started thinking. I thought I knew what war was. That was before I went and worked on the West Bank in 2009." Helgegren decided to offer the kids a deal. He would buy them the game if they still wanted it after going to Israel and visiting areas affected by the conflict.

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