German soldiers gin up the holiday spirit in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan; receive a "peace flame" candle lit in Bethlehem and transported by air to Mazar; and remember fifty fallen comrades.
Germany must protect the "fragile" progress it has made in Iraq, top diplomat Heiko Maas told lawmakers in Berlin. The Bundeswehr is set to expand its training program for Kurdish fighters to all security forces in Iraq.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he thinks victory is still possible in Afghanistan's long-running war. Flying into Kabul on a surprise visit, he said some Taliban rebels were signaling readiness to talk.
A new government report on military and civilian engagement in Afghanistan makes no mention of progress. According to Berlin, the worsening security situation is severely hampering Germany's commitment to reconstruction.
The mass murder of civilians at the hands of US troops in a South Vietnamese village in 1968 made My Lai a byword for American war atrocities and forced the US to look inward. What impact does its legacy have today?
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