COVER STORYThe war room: Daily transition between battle, home takes a toll on drone operatorsThe daily work duties are arduous, involving close tracking of insurgents, patiently watching them dart in and out of shelters and, if the opportunity presents itself, occasionally raining missiles down on their heads. • StorySome troops in Iraq look longingly to AfghanistanIn many ways, the war in Afghanistan looms over the waning months of the U.S. effort in Iraq, an ironic reversal after years in which attention and resources were diverted here. • Story

Obama's war councilAs the war goes on in Afghanistan, so too does the strategic debate in Washington. Here is a look at the influential leaders advising President Barack Obama on the way forward. •Story

U.S. forces struggle with Washington’s perceptions and reality in AfghanistanA U.S. counter-explosives staff sergeant was killed recently trying to defuse a complex homemade bomb planted in the road in this hostile region. But legal and forensics experts had to jump through regulatory hoops set up by their own chain of command just to ensure that the Afghan suspects in the bombing would face prosecution. • Story

Despite shifts in public opinion, NATO troops confident they are making a differenceThere’s a lull in the shooting, though no one knows how long it will last. It’s been this way for three hours. A French marine named Cedric rummages through his pockets for a smoke. While his hands search, his eyes stay fixed on a nearby grove and, in the foreground, a large gap framed by the corners of two mud-brick buildings. • StoryAir Force career field in need: Service taking steps to address shortage, but it will take timeThe Air Force is facing a critical shortage of joint terminal attack controllers, a position vital to reducing the number of civilians killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan — one of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s keys to turning around the war there. • StoryS. Korea steps up ‘keep right’ campaignOfficials hope a campaign to get people to walk on the right will change a perception many U.S. servicemembers and other foreigners have — that Koreans are rude. • 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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