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Is COP Margah Another COP Keating Waiting to Happen? Diana West Monday, August 15, 2011 5:47 AM
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Gen. Petraeus bestowing medals at COP Margah on the Afghan border with Pakistan in October 2010

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Command Outpost (COP) Margah didn't make "the news" back in October 2010 when there was an attack by hundreds of jihadists "armed to the teeth...
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Questions for Pentagon: Why Was There a COP Keating, and Why Was It a "Kill Pit"? Diana West Friday, February 12, 2010 6:13 AM
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Asia Times map via Long War Journal report on post-Keating Taliban rule in Kamdesh.

This week's column is about an age-old story, how Big Fish sacrifice small fry to stay Big Fish. The story the column was triggered by came out last Friday, when the Washington Post reported on military investigations into battles at Wanat, Ganjgal and Kamdesh, all in Afghanistan.

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Taliban Use COP Margah for Target Practice; What Do We Use It For? Diana West Friday, August 19, 2011 3:49 AM
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GOP field: What do they think about COP Margah?

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This week's syndicated column:

On the Afghan border...
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The "Theory" in Reel Life Diana West Friday, October 29, 2010 3:12 AM
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Here is a link to a  remarkable video  that was posted by a Guardian reporter back in February 2009. It was shot at a Marine Combat Outpost in Kunar Province -- a remote and tiny installation that probably no longer exists since the US shut down many...
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Admiral Olson: Rebel against COIN Diana West Friday, May 28, 2010 1:23 AM
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Finally, some high-ranking, active-duty, public pushback against the Petraeus-McChrystal-Mullen-Gates-Kilcullen-Bush-Obama world of...
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After Battle of Kamdesh, More COIN Diana West Monday, May 17, 2010 5:08 AM
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The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe published Part 2 of...
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Kamdesh Was an Intelligence Failure, All Right Diana West Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:14 AM
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Touching down at COP Keating, March 2009

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The battle of Kamdesh on October 3, 2009 is the focus of this week's upcoming column -- specifically, the Pentagon's reported decision to punish mid-level commanders for intelligence failures that preceded the brutal battle that left eight Americans dead. According to an investigation, commanders ignored local intelligence indicating that a large attack against COP Keating was likely andfailed to take appropriate defensive measures.

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