This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.
Three journalists were killed in the Bab Amro district of Homs, Syria: Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times, French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik, and citizen journalist Rami Al-Sayed. Two other journalists were injured, Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy and Le Figaro journalist Edith Bouvier, and are now asking for assistance in leaving the country.
An independent UN panel accused Syria of crimes against humanity in a new report (here in pdf form).
Mark Lynch released a Center for New American Security policy brief on Syria.
Protests over Quran burnings in Afghanistan have continued unabated despite official apologies.
A special ops plane crashed in Djibouti, killing four Air Force Special Operators. Meanwhile, the UN plans to increase AMISOM forces in East Africa by roughly 6000.
US troops are now stationed in bases in four different countries (Uganda, Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic) as part of the fight against the LRA.
Human Rights Watch released a report on the effects of Al-Shabaab and conflict in Somalia on children, who are being forced into marriages, used as human shields and trained as soldiers.
Seven Marines were killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise near the California-Arizona border.
Women in the military continued to be a hotly debated topic. Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva took on Liz Trotta’s offensive remarks about female service-members. Paula Broadwell called for more women in leadership roles.  And when asked about it, Ron Paul said: “I don’t want even the men to be over there.”
The GAO released a report (available here as a pdf) revealing that the Pentagon frequently closes whistleblower cases prematurely.
The Supreme Court is taking up a case of stolen valor (falsely claiming to have earned a military medal or decoration).
A new study shows an even deeper connection between battlefield TBI and PTSD than previously thought. Evidence shows that a head trauma can alter the brain in a way that makes that soldier more likely to develop post-traumatic stress.
The DOJ has dropped a foreign bribery case against defense executives caught in an FBI sting operation.
Photo: An ANP officer patrols Kabul on Wednesday during violent clashes and protests over Quran burnings. Credit: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

Photo: An ANP officer patrols Kabul on Wednesday during violent clashes and protests over Quran burnings. Credit: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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