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WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Sgt. Joe Higgins patrolled the streets of Saba al-Bor, a tough town north of Baghdad, he was armed with bullets that had a lot more firepower than those of his 4th Infantry Division buddies.

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Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2008
FAIRFAX, Va. — Saluting the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan — and honoring veterans of those wars — is a key part of Memorial Day activities. That's to be expected.

But come today, and during the rest of the year, will the fighting and the sacrifice fade into the background as Americans' main concerns return to high gasoline prices and presidential election politics?

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Sana'a, Yemen - The al-Qaeda terrorist network urged Monday its supporters in Yemen to limit their attacks to 'effective' operations against US and foreign interests in the Arab county.

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For Al Qaeda, the answer – and the implication – is clear.

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This was an interesting little book about Aaron Cohen and his time in the secretive Israeli special forces unit called ‘Sayeret Duvdevan’. What I liked about the book was the Israeli point of view about counter terrorism. That, and how they conducted operations in the territories.

Mr. Cohen made some pretty interesting observations about the current state of the US counter terrorism strategy here CONUS. He makes some excellent points about the necessary mindset needed to combat a terrorist. I would have liked to have read some more about tactics and mindset, but mostly this book was a biographical of Mr. Cohen. What makes him an interesting story, is that he was raised in America, yet he was able to climb the ranks into Israeli Special Forces in Israel as a volunteer.

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May 23, 2008

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26/05/2008

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