““Iraq translators’ mask ban dropped” (BBC: “The Pentagon has rescinded a controversial decision that banned Iraqi interpreters working for US troops in Baghdad from protecting their identities by wearing ski-masks. The ban was meant to reflect the improved security situation - in which interpreters were no longer afraid of retaliation. But that is not the case.”)
Behind that news:
“The debt we owe Iraqi interpreters” (Michael Breen, a former Army captain who served with the infantry in Iraq and helps lead the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, describes why “after the foolish mask ban, more protection is a must.”)
Before that news:
“Military To Interpreters: Drop Dead” (George Packer wrote that in enforcing the ban the U.S. military was “standing on a principle in the shape of a land mine.”)
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.