Two of the best battlefield reporters in recent years are Dexter Filkins and Michael Yon.
Filkins writes for the New York Times and Yon runs his own weblog. Both have provided from Iraq, and now Afghanistan, stories that take their readers beyond the blood, dirt and grind of war into the hearts and minds of common people trapped in it.
In a recent nearly 10,000-word essay titled "Stanley McChrystal's Long War," Filkins took his readers along with the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for a tour deep into the interior of the country.
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