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Josh Smith covers Afghanistan for Stars and Stripes. He came from National Journal in Washington, D.C. where he covered technology, national security and politics. He previously worked at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, doing stints on the state legislature, courts and crime beats. In 2009 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Utah University with a degree in Communication and Political Science. He also holds a graduate certificate in Advanced International Affairs from Texas A&M University.