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COVER STORYIraqi Bedouin life continues as alwaysThe changes that have swept Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion has had little impact on Iraqi Bedouins, nomadic people who camp between the nation’s dense cities and its seemingly limitless Western desert. • Story and photos

1st AD museum staff prepares to pack ‘Old Ironsides’ memorabiliaThe 1st Armored Division’s "Old Ironsides" museum staff is preparing to move the facility’s treasures to the state where it first opened its doors. The museum was established at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1963 and from there followed the division to Germany, where it shuffled locations several times before settling in Baumholder in the early 1990s. • Story

Soldiers embrace ally but stay wary in SperaExcept for his Nike sneakers, Musofor, as he is known, hardly looks the part of the best friend the Americans have in this Taliban-controlled valley. Yet little is ever as it seems at Spera Combat Outpost, a tiny joint U.S.-Afghan military compound surrounded by hostile peaks just meters from the Pakistan border. • Story

Rebuilt from scratch, the Iraqi army gains public supportIt may sound like any other army in the world, but that’s the point. The Iraqi army has changed greatly since the Americans came, according to Hameed, who served during Saddam’s regime. • Story

Tattoos not a badge of honor for IraqisFor Iraqi troops, though, tattoos — often a sign of a stint in prison — are taboo. The Iraqi army has passed a rule forbidding them, requiring soldiers with pre-existing tattoos to remove them. • Story

Joshua Mooi: ‘I had exceptionally good luck’According to his award citation, 21 insurgents attacked Mooi’s platoon from several buildings with automatic weapons and grenades. Mooi ran into one of the "heavily fortified" buildings to provide support and recover wounded Marines. • Story

Javier Alvarez: ‘My hand was completely missing’When Cpl. Javier Alvarez, 2nd Squad leader, saw the look on his team leader’s face, he knew something bad was coming. • 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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