August 8, 2008 2:25 PM

First person: Embedded with Iraqi army, where saluting is optional

I flew into Diyala province, hoping to meet some Iraqi soldiers taking the offensive against Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias there. Instead, I got embedded with the guard company of an Iraqi general, and the closest I got to any fighting was the night when somebody fired his Kalashnikov rifle by mistake during a feast at the provincial governor's house.

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