1. The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.
     
    It’s not just ironic; it’s a symbol of how disastrous the last 15 years of US Iraq policy have been, how circuitous and self-perpetuating the violence, that we are now bombing our own guns. Welcome to American grand strategy in the Middle East.
     

  2. Jul. 10, 2014. Ukrainian government soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they take up a position in a sunflower field around 20 Km south of Donetsk. (Dominique Faget—AFP/Getty Images)

     

  3. Jul. 9, 2014. Wounded members of the Ukrainian forces, paratroopers Ruslan Yarish (R) and Oleksandr Ponomaryov (L) kiss their brides during their wedding in the central military hospital in Kiev, Ukraine. (Maxim Marusenko—EPA)

     

  4. Jul. 8, 2014. An Israeli missile explodes on impact in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. (Eyad Baba—AP)

     

  5. Jul. 6, 2014. Tariq Khdeir is greeted by his mother after being released from jail in Jerusalem. (Ronen Zvulun—Reuters)

     

  6. January 25, 2014. Following the end of a short-lived ceasefire during an anti-government protest, onlookers watch tires burn in Kyiv, Ukraine.

    Photo by Brendan Hoffman.

     

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  8. Feb. 17, 2014. African asylum seekers and inmates of the Holot Detention centre stand at the fence of the facility during a protest in Holot, Israel.

    Photo by Oliver Weiken.

     

  9. Feb. 19, 2014. Riot police officers stand on Independence Square during on-going anti-government protests in downtown Kiev, Ukraine.

    Photo by Alexey Furman.

     

  10. 15 March 2013, Burma. Kachin Independence Army fighters are drinking and celebrating at a funeral of one of their commanders who died the day before. The city is under siege by the Burmese army.

    Photo by Julius Schrank.