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  •  Story on This American Life (5+ / 0-)

    "This American Life" did a story/interview with an Iraqi interpreter -- (link to show)

    Act Two. Kill the Messengers.
    Basim, an Iraqi national, worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army. He talks with host Ira Glass about the time he had to purposely mistranslate in order to keep a situation from turning violent, as well as the day interpreters became the prime targets for insurgent assassins—even more prized than American soldiers. (22 minutes)

    •  I recall from a friend in the Nat'l Guard (0+ / 0-)

      back in the early 90's that the top target in a firefight wasn't an officer, but the grunt with the radio.  If you cut off communication, you isolate the unit.  The same rule appears to apply here.

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