In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run Dispatches: Army Live: Strengthening Relationships C.J. Chivers: Revisiting Combat Outpost Reilly Rod Nordland: A Quiet, Tense Night for a First Patrol Major Mark Suddaby: Chocolate and pens: meeting the locals Lieutenant Colonel G M Strickland: Royal Gurkha Rifles build on Coldstream Guards’ success in southern Helmand Lance Corporal James Atkin: Hard, sad, emotional and expensive times in Afghanistan Lance Corporal John Zoumides: Training the Afghan National Army in basic medical drills IraqPundit: Signs of Agreement? Bill Roggio: Afghan forces capture northern shadow governor A Handful of Dust: An AHOD Primer Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: Musharraf to return to Pakistan and politics AirForceWife: Male to Female Militarese Marine Wife: Murphy, you’ve gone too far this time! The Unknown Soldiers: The war at home The Unknown Soldiers: Why we write Noah Shachtman: House Panel Puts the Brakes on ‘Human Terrain’ (Updated) The Captain’s Journal: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Patrolling With No Rounds Chambered in Weapons? Jules Crittenden: Favor Returned Kings of War: The $64,000 Question: What if COIN doesn’t work? News from the Home Front: Another round in the hex chromium war Hexavalent chromium suit against KBR by Oregon National Guard goes forward in Portland House Panel Displeased With Human Terrain System News from the Front: Iraq: Iraqis demand answers in deaths of 6 detainees who died during transport Maliki Attends Iraq Leaders’ Lunch, Allawi Abroad Iraqi Politicians Break Bread, but Not the Standoff Afghanistan: Canada’s route out of Afghanistan will be bumpy Wreckage of missing Afghan plane found Taliban Attack Afghan Police Base Camp: Officials Forces in Afghanistan Capture Taliban Commanders Afghan officials met insurgent representatives in Maldives U.S. Rolls Up Red Carpet for Karzai Rival Toll in Kabul Suicide Attack Included U.S. and Canadian Officers Suspected Taliban Blow Up “U.S. Spies” In Pakistan Pakistan Widens Online Ban to Include YouTube IJC Operational Update, May 21 No survivors as bodies found in Afghan plane crash German President Koehler makes surprise visit to Afghanistan US rifles not suited to warfare in Afghan hills The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatched from the front and the home front.