COVER STORYA must win: Violence in Mosul could disrupt nationWhile violence has dropped dramatically in most of the country, Mosul is seen by many as the last urban stronghold of the insurgency. The U.S. is in the midst of Operation Ninevah Resolve, a monthslong, house-to-house effort aimed at beating back the Mosul insurgency for good by June 30. • Story

Thousands of troops could lose millions in 2005 tax refundsThe IRS reported more than 5,500 servicemembers who are due a refund from that year will lose out if they don’t file by April 15. More than 50 percent of those troops are eligible for almost $600, and some are due refunds in the thousands. • Story

Army doctors’ report says troops need more sleepArmy doctors will recommend soldiers deployed to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan get seven to eight hours of sleep each night after research suggested such a move would result in fewer accidents, friendly-fire incidents and cases of ethical misconduct. • Story

Arlington wrestles with balance between loved ones' concerns, media accessBefore a servicemember is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, a casualty affairs officer asks the family if they want media coverage of the funeral. • Story

Students have all the right answers for school quiz showAmelia Earhart Intermediate School, on Okinawa, hosted its own version of the popular TV game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” to help prime its elementary students for the TerraNova national standardized test. • Story

DODDS-Europe to cut Reading Recovery programAn international program that has helped thousands of DODDS-Europe first-graders catch up with their peers in reading will be dropped from the curriculum next year. • Story

Officer weighs chance at Olympics versus leading his platoon in Iraq1st Lt. Alexander Mullin’s first love was soccer, but the 25-year-old now has a shot to play in the Olympics on the U.S. team handball squad. • Story

Military spouse a manly duty, tooCivilian husbands of military members face experiences as diverse as their wife’s assignments. But they all share a place on the margins of a male-dominated military culture, where they comprise between 6 percent and 10 percent of the spouse population. • Story

Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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