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Mexican Marines stationed in Manzanillo, Mexico, clear a mock building during urban terrain training taught by U.S. Marines in Mexico on June 17, 2010.

Extensive training of Mexican marines is one of several ways in which the U.S. military machine has quietly escalated its role in Mexico’s ultra-violent drug war in the last two years. Read more»

Vietnamese sell fruit along a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Many children born to American soldiers during the war have sought U.S. visas as American citizens, but have found there is little hope of obtaining them.

An obscure U.S. visa for Vietnamese nationals fathered by GIs, a clunky State Department term for mixed-race children of the war, appears to be fizzling at last. Read more»

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brittany Clark, of the 535th Engineer Support Company, leads her patrol in a clearance mission April 17.

Contact between the Taliban, the United States and other western officials over potential peace negotiations to end the war appears to have been severed completely in recent weeks, after the name of the reported Taliban negotiator involved in the talks was leaked to the international press in June. Read more»

Spc. Kyle Graves and Spc. Michael Bartolo, with the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, walk through rice paddies and corn fields while on a combat patrol in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

Sometimes it helps to look back to something like the Vietnam War so we can get a clearer picture of how to move ahead, and America desperately needs to take a hard look at the truth about the war in Afghanistan. Read more»