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In Honduras, Rival Gangs Keep a Death Grip on San Pedro Sula by Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times.

Helicopter Gunships Used in Mexico Resort Battle - AP via ABC

Pentagon concern about 'toxic leaders' is not new, but some worry that revelations of bad behavior by senior military officials will rise as the US returns to peacetime footing.

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Counterinsurgency, Local Militias, and Statebuilding in Afghanistan by Jonathan Goodhand and Aziz Hakimi, United States Institute of Peace.

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To include JP 3-24, Counterinsurgency, 22 November 2013.

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The Pentagon's Invisible Man by Gordon Lubold, Foreign Policy.

How Bin Laden Escaped in 2001: The Lessons of Tora Bora by Yaniv Barzilai, The Daily Beast.

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Univision Video: In Sinaloa, A Cemetery Dominated by Narcos.

Mexico’s Petit Révolution: Justice and Security Implications of Approving a Fully New Code of Judicial Procedures by Viridiana Rios, Wilson Center.

"Strategy in a time of more uncertainty, or less?"

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There are three key articles focused on Russia and East Europe I would like to highlight for Small Wars Journal readers this week.

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Rapid Deployment: The Army and American Strategy by Robert Killebrew, War on the Rocks.

"They aren't just about Mexico or drugs anymore."

Second-party Counterinsurgency by Mark O’Neill, PhD Dissertation, University of New South Wales.

"Although focused on the Philippines it (article) applies to nearly every humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situation."

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Flash Mob: The United States Air Force Band at the National Air and Space Museum

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To Improve the U.S. Military, Shrink It by Tom Ricks, Washington Post.

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