Ashton Carter

Obama Decides His Iraq Policy Sucks

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But, we knew that, right?

Out comes the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, as another Iraq City falls to ISIS.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter held open the possibility of a strategy shift by the White House on Iraq, a few days after recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria revived sharp criticism of the Obama administration’s approach in combating extremist groups there.

Islamic State forces last week captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadiand also expanded their reach in Syria. Critics and even allies of the administration took to Sunday television talk shows to call for a strategy change by the administration to stem the advance of Islamic State forces.

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Dentistry

Twin American Dentists’ Path Leads to Iraq

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Army Capts. (Drs.) Aleksandr Baron and Dmitry Baron stand together outside of the dental clinic at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 6, 2011. The twin brothers are augmenting 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in southern Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Maksim Shchekoturov

What a great story.

Suffering from a toothache in southern Iraq may land you in the chair of either of two brothers with an interesting story of adversity, perseverance, and the unique bond of identical twins.

Army Capts. (Drs.) Aleksandr and Dmitry Baron both serve in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment as dentists on separate bases in southern Iraq. Both are augmenting the unit from their home base of Fort Stewart, Ga. Aleksandr deployed to Contingency Operating Site Kalsu at the end of October to work with the Regimental Support Squadron, and Dmitry joined the regiment’s 3rd Squadron at Contingency Operating Site Echo in April.

Both men volunteered for the deployments, but Dmitry’s recent arrival to the same unit in Iraq was mere coincidence, the kind of common occurrence that has kept these twins together for most of their lives. The tight bond between them was forged when their parents, Vitaly and Emma Baron of Aberdeen, N.J., decided to take them from Russia to America when they were 6 years old.

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Thank you gentlemen for your service!

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