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Avallone: "Flirting with Afghanistan" 4 Diana West Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:43 PM
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Here is the fourth part of "Flirting with Afghanistan," text, photos and captions by Paul Avallone. (See here for Part 1, Part 2...
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Avallone: "Flirting with Afghanistan" 3 Diana West Monday, February 15, 2010 2:00 PM
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Here is the third installment of "Flirting with Afghanistan," text, photos and captions by Paul Avallone. Catch up on Part 1 here...
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Avallone: "Flirting with Afghanistan" 2 Diana West Saturday, February 06, 2010 6:16 AM
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Here is Part 2 of "Flirting with Afghanistan," text, photos and captions by Paul Avallone.

(Part 1 is here.)



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Avallone: "Flirting with Afghanistan" 1 Diana West Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:01 AM
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As promised, the first installment of "Flirting with Afghanistan: Dispatches from the Frontline." Text, photographs and captions by Paul Avallone.

Written in 2008, this essay presents provocative and thoughtful analysis by someone with the dual credentials...
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This Is What COIN Looks Like Diana West Monday, November 28, 2016 8:18 AM
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Speaking of Petraeus and Mattis -- "the two general officers who catalyzed...
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Unspeakable Diana West Sunday, September 20, 2015 12:22 PM
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Photo by Paul Avallone,...
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Get Ready for Tattoo Zoo Diana West Friday, August 08, 2014 10:42 AM
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Announcing Tattoo Zoo, a new novel by Paul Avallone, whose clarifying essays and remarkable photos have previously appeared at this website. Paul Avallone...
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It's Really That Simple, Part 2 Diana West Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:53 PM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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It's Really That Simple Diana West Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:50 AM
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Former Green Beret (including the Afghan War) and photojournalist Paul Avallone just sent me two of his photos emblazoned with a cut from a recent post of mine. My idea of a perfect collaborative effort -- thanks, Paul.

Here's the first:

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"They're Killing Us Because We're Infidels" Diana West Tuesday, September 18, 2012 2:53 AM
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AP Photo: Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.'s father Greg, foreground, and mother Marina are escorted from St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in...
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Three Cups of COIN Diana West Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:55 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Since I can't quite get over the latest...
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Charbaran 2: Been There, Done COIN ... & Took Pics Diana West Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:49 AM
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Charbaran, 2008 (photo by Paul Avallone)

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Whaddya know but I'm not alone in having...
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Petraeus Always Gets a Pass Diana West Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:01 AM
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ISAF caption: Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Afghanistan's National Security Advisor, and General Petraeus discuss the importance of reducing...
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How Many Isn't the Question Diana West Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:55 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Ex-Green Beret on 3-Cups Scam: "It's the Pentagon's Groupie, Moon-Eyed Infatuation That Is Angering" Diana West Monday, April 25, 2011 4:03 AM
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Why Did the Pentagon Listen to Greg Mortenson? Diana West Friday, April 22, 2011 3:46 AM
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This (above) is "postcard" from Afghanistan by Paul Avallone, someone who has...
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Afghan Pride, Updated Diana West Monday, August 30, 2010 4:19 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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As readers...
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Joel Brinkley: Why Is America Fighting and Dying for Proud Pedophiles? Diana West Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:52 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Petraeus Confirmed: The COIN Party Continues Diana West Thursday, July 01, 2010 4:47 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Taking It All Back Diana West Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:18 AM
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John Bernard of Let Them Fight has drawn my attention to an extraordinary comment appended to his post this week featuring the views of Ben Shaw, a combat veteran and embedded reporter in Afghanistan.

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Air Force Magazine: "Holding Fire Over Afghanistan" Diana West Wednesday, February 03, 2010 3:42 AM
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There is something surreal about today's featured story, an Air Force Magazine...
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Postcard from Afghanistan Diana West Saturday, January 30, 2010 7:35 AM
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This is a "postcard" from Afghanistan created by ex-Green Beret, sometime- writer-journalist Paul Avallone. The dark humor of the captions is one way to defuse the nakedly discomforting essence of the bizarre and the malevolent on display in the photo he took -- a picture of people our troops have been ordered to bribe, placate, and, I'm afraid, serve, in a disastrous policy that amounts to submission. What else can we call a war policy that puts United States Marines in charge of mosque-building?

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Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan ... Diana West Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:31 AM
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Stars and Stripes photo: Pvt. Abdulaziz Alqahtani, who serves with the special security force from Bahrain, is among 125 troops from the Muslim nation deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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What Afghan Army? (And What Islam?) Diana West Saturday, October 17, 2009 5:24 AM
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Paul Avallone has drawn my attention to an enlightening...
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