In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run Dispatches: A Handful of Dust: The Disenchanted Corporal Chuck Z: irresponsible “sources” CJ: Street Cred Battle Rattle: Rules of engagement again questioned on Capitol Hill Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: Taliban attack NATO base Gerard Russell: Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History Citizen Soldier: FRIENDSHIPS Helmand Blog – Afghanistan: Checkpoint named after Military Policeman who died protecting local police Helmand Blog – Afghanistan: 9 Regiment RLC honoured after Afghan tour of duty IraqPundit: Allawi-Maliki Meet Iraq The Model: Allawi-Maliki Deal Imminent Kit Up!: SOCOM Developing Caliber Conversion for SCAR Kit Up!: SCAR Mk-16 Death Aftermath The Kitchen Dispatch: Taking a step back: “Remember The Third Herd” Sylvie Stein: “Bad attitudes” land Afghan women in jail Knights of Afghanistan: What We’re Fighting For Thomas Joscelyn: Karzai denies meeting Haqqani, General Petraeus says Bill Roggio: al Qaeda commander killed in US strike on safehouse in South Waziristan One Marine’s View: Everything happens for a reason Lt Col P: “How Much Longer?” Red Bull Rising: Breaking Fast CAPT Matt Smenos: YA DON’T Robert Haddick: Marine Corps Operating Concepts attempts to answer Gates War, the military, COIN and stuff: “We need to think more about strategy…” The Captain’s Journal: Ideologues and Counterinsurgency Grim: Roundtable: Corruption and Culture Crush: Emasculated ROE will likely continue under Petraeus News from the Home Front: Enter Petraeus Petraeus Testifies and Hastings Addresses Fallout From Rolling Stone Article Sailor Missing From Korean War Identified News from the Front: Iraq: Baghdad Traffic Lights: Green, Amber and Go. Logistics Team Breaks Through Issues Baghdad diary: Searching for power The two main blocs’ merger sidelines Kurds Iraq focused on Maliki-Allawi meeting Clearing Jalula one neighborhood at a time In Rewriting Its History, Iraq Treads Cautiously More Assassinations Across Iraq Afghanistan: 8 militants killed in gunbattle at Afghan airport Petraeus rules out any ‘swift turnaround’ in Afghan war Holder in Kabul for talks with Afghan officials Afghan Taliban raid foreign base in Jalalabad Fighting erupts at airport in eastern Afghan city Afghanistan Tests Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Mettle Petraeus pledges to revamp US strategy in Afghanistan to protect troops Suicide squad attacks airport in eastern Afghanistan Taliban attack major NATO base in Afghanistan Insurgent Attack Against Jalalabad Airport Repelled IJC Operational Update, June 30 Kunar Province Sees Second Full Day of Successful Combined Operations The Afghan women jailed for ‘bad character’ Kabul jockeying for Baradar extradition Afghan Attorney General Says U.S. Ambassador Pushed for Corruption Prosecutions Deadliest month yet for NATO in Afghanistan Reconciliation efforts with Afghan militants face major obstacle Pakistan: Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 10 in Pakistan Qaeda Figure Is Reported Killed in Pakistan Failing U.S.-Pakistan relations hamper Afghan war The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatches from the front and the home front.