Monday, July 26, 2010

Battery Charges

The big buzz in Washington is Sunday's WikiLeak of six years of classified U.S. military Af-Pak documents. They provide an unvarnished glimpse into the brutal conflict and suggest that Pakistan's spy service has long guided the Afghan insurgency. It is an unhappy read.

Two enterprising journalism students have searched the documents and cataloged all the citations of Japan.  There are only 41. There is nothing surprising, but some are morbidly amusing and all are sad. It appears that Japanese batteries are the IED-maker's battery of choice.

It would be interesting to do a similar search for China.

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