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A stunning CJR piece on freelancing in Syria. 
And along with that, a wonderful piece on contemporary war reporters and their work from the July issue of British GQ.
And Iraq veteran turned journalist Matt Cook has a beautiful article in Texas Monthly about returning to war as a journalist.
Syrian rebels say that Al Qaeda-affiliated militants assassinated Kamal Hamami, a top rebel commander, creating a further rift between rebels and militants and effectively opening a new front in the war. 
The Syrian conflict has contributed to a spike in the number of children globally who are being denied the ability to attend school because of war and conflict, now more than 50 million. More than 70% of last year’s 3600 incidents of attack on education occurred in Syria. [PDF of the UNESCO report]
Syrian activist and citizen journalist Fidaa al-Baali (aka Mohammed Moaz) succumbed to injuries sustained when government forces shelled his neighborhood.
The Ba’ath ruling party of Syria announced a leadership shake-up that included the ouster of Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa.
Two people were killed and six injured in an attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai.
Clashes near the Republican Guard HQ in Cairo on Monday left 51 protesters dead and 435 injured. 
The awful death of an Egyptian teenager, Hamada Badr, thrown from a building by pro-Morsi protesters, has sparked more outrage in Egypt.
Egypt’s interim president appointed a prime minister and vice president. 
Jonathan Guyer writes in The New Yorker about politics and cartoons in Egypt.
Secular center-right Moroccan party Istiqlal has quit the coalition government over disputes regarding subsidies and economic policy.
Drone missions from a new base in Niger show the increased importance of Africa to the US plans for the war on terror.
Somali TV reporter Liban Abdullahi Farah, who worked for London-based Kalsan TV, was shot and killed in the northern capital of Galkayo. He is the fifth Somali journalist to be killed this year. 
A suicide bombing in Iraq yesterday evening killed 24 and wounded 49, bringing Thursday’s death toll, which included bombings in Ramadi and Fallujah, to 40.
Iran launched a mandatory national email service. 
Afghan-American interpreter Zakaria Kandahari, and has been wanted for the murder and torture of civilians while working with US Special Forces, was finally arrested.
The US built a $34 million command center in Helmand to support the troop surge that was unwanted and has gone unused. It will likely be demolished. 
Toxic trash being burned in an open-air pit at Camp Leatherneck is endangering the health of 13,500 Marines and civilians while $11.5 million incinerators that could safely dispose of waste go unused.
Al Jazeera reports on the ‘bin Laden files,” the results of Pakistan’s Abbottabad Commission to investigate the US’ unilateral action to kill bin Laden and how Pakistan could have missed that he had been hiding in plain sight on their soil.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, lost his job for “creating mistrust” between the Afghan and Pakistani branches of the group.
Russian prosecutors said that 215 NGOs were in violation of new law requiring them to register as foreign agents.
Mounting fears in Northern Ireland over sectarian violence prompt the police to call in reinforcements from Scotland, Wales and England.
Mexico is experiencing its worst election violence in years. 
The Colombian political party connected to FARC has regained legal status.
More secret files reported by The Guardian show the extent of Silicon Valley’s cooperation with the NSA: from Microsoft helping the NSA circumvent its encryption and access Skydrive to Skype handing over not just data but recordings of video calls.
Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives (1989): how a fairly obscure court case provided the “special needs” doctrine now used by the FISA court to justify surveillance.
Members of Congress point to what they say is a worrying pattern of officials lying to and misleading Congress about national security and surveillance.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the NSA’s surveillance program.
Some smart writing on surveillance by Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth at the New York Review of Books.
Daniel Ellsberg defends Snowden’s choice to leave the US, saying that when he leaked information the US was a much different place.
The Guardian aired the second part of their video interview with Snowden.
A Qunnipiac poll shows that the majority of Americans consider Snowden a whistleblower, not a traitor and show a “massive shift in attitudes” regarding whether or not US national security measures go too far in infringing on civil liberties.
Snowden has called a meeting in Sheremetyevo Airport with human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, saying the US is unlawfully preventing him from seeking asylum.
Latin American countries are outraged by reports that the US has been spying on them with secret surveillance programs. 
These reports are also complicating annual talks with China.
Dzokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the marathon bombings. 
An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (a drone) successfully landed on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia, the first time a drone has done so.
Reporters Without Borders condemns the prosecution of American journalist Barrett Brown, who faces 105 years in prison in connection with his work writing about leaked national security documents and hackers.
Nick Turse on getting the runaround from the military while trying cover war and national security.
Senators Feinstein and Durbin have urged the president to rein in force-feeding of Guantánamo inmates. 
While not a war read necessarily, it should be noted that Guantánamo inmates are not the only ones on hunger strike. 29,000 California inmates are on hunger strike in solidarity with those in solitary confinement.
New Obama pick to head the FBI is raising concerns over having condoned waterboarding and indefinite detention under Bush.
Rand Paul is threatening to hold up James Comey’s confirmation as head of the FBI until he gets further information on domestic drone use. 
The defense has rested in the case of Bradley Manning. 
The CIA let Khalid Sheikh Muhammad build a vacuum cleaner. 
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Photo: Sandy Row, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Loyalists watch a bonfire. Today, July 12th, marks the annual loyalist Orange Order parades which often spark sectarian clashes. Peter Morrison/AP.

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.

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Photo: Sandy Row, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Loyalists watch a bonfire. Today, July 12th, marks the annual loyalist Orange Order parades which often spark sectarian clashes. Peter Morrison/AP.

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