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Saturday, January 24, 2009

I read your paper every day. Do your reporters? In his Jan. 13 front-page article, "New Paths to Power Emerge in Iraq," Anthony Shadid asserted that the war in Iraq "has all but ended." However, The Post reported Jan. 8 that our nation had lost seven service members between Dec. 20 and Jan. 6.

The Post also reported in its Around the World roundup Jan. 9 that eight Iraqi soldiers were killed by two roadside bombs. The Web site icasualties.org reports that we lost 14 service members in December, 17 in November and many more in the preceding months.

The war has not "all but ended." Dismissive, cavalier language does not honor our military's sacrifice.

My son served two deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Please be sensitive to service members and their families. It's your sacred duty.

-- Fran Middleberg

Alexandria


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