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Iraq: America's Other "Longest War"

 

January 6, 2020



As the calendar prepared to flip from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad. As I write this, the action -- a response to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50 -- hasn't yet become a reprise of the Iran hostage crisis of 40 years ago, but it's eerily reminiscent.

Although few Americans seem to notice, Iraq is arguably the second-longest war in U.S. history. Mainstream media often refer to the 18-year US occupation of Afghanistan as "America's longest war." That claim is wrong on its face.

Setting aside a century of "Indian wa...



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