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April 28, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
When David H. Petraeus retires from the Army this summer and starts his new job as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he will scrutinize the latest spy service reports about the war in Afghanistan, the same unpopular war he has run for the last year. But Petraeus will face a crucial question: Can a former four-star general objectively grade his own work? As chief of the agency that helps collect and analyze intelligence from Afghanistan, Petraeus will be expected to give President Obama a clear-eyed assessment of the progress so far and problems ahead.
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November 21, 2001 | HECTOR TOBAR and NATALIA TARNAWIECKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few people doubted that Abimael Guzman was the most dangerous man in the country when he was brought before a specially created military court in 1992, tried and swiftly convicted by a panel of hooded judges. The founder of the Shining Path guerrilla movement had presided over bombings and massacres that terrorized Peru for more than a decade. But the court created to try this nation's most violent rebels soon broadened its mandate.
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