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"The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history," he wrote. "It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure."
I'll never know why they died. It wasn't to stop the "mushroom cloud" or to defend the nation after 9/11. It sure wasn't for freedom, democracy, apple pie, or mom and dad back home.
It shouldn't be such a surprise the place my friends fought for is falling back into civil war.
Sunni Muslim militants have gained control of territory in western Iraq's Anbar province in recent weeks, and intense fighting has broken out in two of Anbar's main cities, Fallouja and Ramadi
American troops fought for years, aided by Sunni tribesmen in the Sahwa militia forces from late 2006, but ultimately failed to conquer the city.
US forces suffered almost one-third of their total Iraq fatalities in Anbar, according to independent website icasualties.org.
More than 100 people were killed on Friday during fighting in Ramadi and Fallujah, in the country's deadliest single day in years.
"The whole of Fallujah is taken," said Qasim Abed, a member of the provincial council in the region and the former governor of Anbar. "The situation is very bad."
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Mount Sinabung has erupted relentlessly for months has shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people displaced.
"Hot lava spewed from the volcano some 60 times, reaching up to five kilometres southeast of the crater,"
Mount Sinabung is one of dozens of active volcanoes in Indonesia that straddle major tectonic fault lines, known as "the Ring of Fire".
It had been quiet for about 400 years until it rumbled back to life in 2010, and again in September.
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