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Behind the scenes in the Marine Corps mission against the Islamic State – The Washington Post

Behind the scenes in the Marine Corps mission against the Islamic State – The Washington Post

The war here smells like diesel fumes and nostalgia.

In the distance, there is an explosion, a single thud that has the Marines of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, on their radios trying to figure out what it was. “Iraqi artillery, I think,” the Marine sitting in a reinforced observation point, known as Post Eight, decides.

Source: Behind the scenes in the Marine Corps mission against the Islamic State – The Washington Post