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. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
Journalism, particularly conflict and national security journalism, lost an important and talented voice this week: Michael Hastings, who is most known for his Rolling Stone article on Gen. McChrystal. Tributes to him include ones by Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, and Rachel Maddow. Here are his tips for young journalists.
Bashar Al-Assad faces a currency crisis.
UNESCO added six ancient Syrian sites to the list of endangered World Heritage sites. 
Opposition fighters have been supplied by Saudi Arabia with Russian-made anti-tank missiles.
The G-8 endorsed an end to the war in Syria but remain divided on Al-Assad.
Rebels in northern Mali signed a peace deal.
An attack by Al-Shabab on a UN office in Mogadishu left 15 dead.
Britain’s Supreme Court invalidated sanctions on a commercial Iranian bank.
Celebrations both in Iran and abroad at the election of moderate Hassan Rouhani to the presidency, seen as a hope for improving the relationship with the West.
The Taliban have offered to release a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives currently held in Guantánamo Bay.
In the push to wind down the war in Afghanistan, the US has scrapped more than 170 million pounds of military equipment and vehicles.
Kyrgyzstan voted to end the US lease on a critical airbase for supplying the war in Afghanistan in 2014.
Qian Guoliang is the third Chinese official in three months to have died in detention. An image of the body has raised serious questions about stated cause of death.
The US downgraded Russia and China in a report on human trafficking, causing some anger. 
Delyan Peevski was named head of Bulgarian security in the country’s three-week old government, triggering protests in Sofia beginning last Friday. He has now been removed from the post.
The case for more reporting on secrecy and transparency.
The FBI admitted at a Senate Judiciary hearing to surveilling the US using drones.
Gail Collins explains why when large databases and ineffective or abusive investigation are paired, that even the non-terrorists ought to worry.
Google challenges the US gag order regarding data requests that force the company to hand over information to the government.
Prosecutors in the 9/11 war crimes trial are trying to convince the judge to hold secret pretrial hearings that would exclude even the defendants.
Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that families of soldiers killed or injured in Iraq are legally allowed to sue the government for having failed to protect them.
An interactive map on drug seizures near the US-Mexico border from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Women will be permitted to serve in the military’s most elite units, like the Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Marine infantry.
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Photo: Sao Paulo, Brazil. A protester runs from fires. Agencia Estado/Xinhua Press/Corbis

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. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

Journalism, particularly conflict and national security journalism, lost an important and talented voice this week: Michael Hastings, who is most known for his Rolling Stone article on Gen. McChrystal. Tributes to him include ones by Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, and Rachel Maddow. Here are his tips for young journalists.

If you would like to receive this round-up as a weekly email, you can sign up through this form, or email me directly at torierosedeghett@gmail.com.

Photo: Sao Paulo, Brazil. A protester runs from fires. Agencia Estado/Xinhua Press/Corbis

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