On the ground in Iraq

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There's been some great coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the pages of U.S. News and on usnews.com from Julian Barnes, Bay Fang, Linda Robinson, Kevin Whitelaw, and others.

But I haven't seen anything quite like the coverage in Michael Yon's weblog dispatches from Mosul. Yon is a freelance embedded with U.S. troops who presents not just a compelling narrative but photos taken in the heat of combat. He's self-financed: Appreciative readers may want to send a contribution via PayPal. Don't read this if you don't want to feel a chill up your spine. Plus, here is some thoughtful commentary on Yon's blog.