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Iraq's Crooked Politicians: Talking With Sheik Ali Hatem, Leader of the Sunni Awakening Councils

Posted August 16, 2010 | 14:18:44 (EST)

Sheik Ali Hatem Al-Suleiman is one of the most prominent leaders of the Sunni Awakening Councils, also known as the Sons of Iraq, the coalition of paramilitary groups that over the past several years contributed to improve security in Iraq by relentlessly attacking Al Qaeda. While in the early stages...

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Making Sense of Iraq's Political Deadlock

Posted August 11, 2010 | 10:59:27 (EST)

Baghdad -- A popular refrain throughout the Middle East is that "the Arabs agree to disagree." And in fact this is what appears to be happening in the top political circles of Iraq today, where the only issue on which the various leaders seem to agree is that their differences...

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The Evolution of Colombia's Narco-Submarines

Posted October 7, 2009 | 15:54:13 (EST)

BUENAVENTURA, COLOMBIA: Captain Mario Rodríguez, Commander of the Colombian Coast Guard on the Pacific Ocean, is a man who is trying to push back a rising tide. For over 20 years he has worked to counter the steady advancement of the transportation technologies employed by Colombian traffickers to smuggle cocaine...

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Cartel Warfare: How Mexico Lost Ciudad Juárez PART 2

Posted July 21, 2009 | 15:42:21 (EST)

The hospitals of Ciudad Juárez bear the brunt of the deadly shootouts that rival criminal organizations unleash against one another throughout the city. "The authorities are failing us," an emergency room doctor at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social told me. "When more soldiers arrived in March, the city did...

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Cartel Warfare: How Mexico Lost Ciudad Juárez: PART 1

Posted July 17, 2009 | 15:23:16 (EST)

The Mexican army and federal police patrol the streets of Ciudad Juárez aboard Humvees and pick-up trucks, their automatic rifles menacingly pointed at the population. People have learned to give way to these security forces, but otherwise pay little attention to them. The city remains abuzz, congested with traffic, crowded...

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