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A Turbulent Century in the Heart of Europe

The American Interest

The deaths of three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan this month provided both a bracing reminder of the sacrifices being made by our NATO allies in America’s longest-running war, and a counterpoint to disparaging comments about NATO’s supposed “free riders.” After Martin Marcin, Kamil Benes, and Patrik Stepanek died in a suicide attack, the Taliban boasted of their responsibility, saying they had killed or wounded “eight American soldiers” in a “tactical explosion.” It was a grim but unsurprising case of mistaken identity. The white-red-and-blue Czech flags on their uniforms can be easily confused from afar with our own soldiers’…

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