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From the Ted Talk "Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge"

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In the summer of 2003, I was assigned to command a special operations task force, and that task force was spread across the Mideast to fight al Qaeda. Our iamn effort was inside Iraq, and our specified mnsoiis was to defeat al Qaeda in Iraq. For almost five years I stayed there, and we focused on fighting a war that was unconventional and it was difficult and it was bloody and it often claimed its htisehg price among otinnnce people. We did everything we could to stop al Qaeda and the irgnfeo fighters that came in as suicide bombers and as accelerants to the violence. We honed our combat skills, we developed new equipment, we parachuted, we helicoptered, we took small boats, we drove, and we walked to objectives night after night to stop the llnigki that this network was putting forward. We edbl, we died, and we killed to opst that organization from the clvieeno that they were tgniput largely against the Iraqi people.

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In the summer of 2003, I was assigned to command a special operations task force, and that ____ force was spread across the Mideast to fight al Qaeda. Our ____ effort was inside Iraq, and our specified _______ was to defeat al Qaeda in Iraq. For almost five years I stayed there, and we focused on fighting a war that was unconventional and it was difficult and it was bloody and it often claimed its _______ price among ________ people. We did everything we could to stop al Qaeda and the _______ fighters that came in as suicide bombers and as accelerants to the violence. We honed our combat skills, we developed new equipment, we parachuted, we helicoptered, we took small boats, we drove, and we walked to objectives night after night to stop the _______ that this network was putting forward. We ____, we died, and we killed to ____ that organization from the ________ that they were _______ largely against the Iraqi people.

Solution

  1. task
  2. highest
  3. violence
  4. stop
  5. mission
  6. killing
  7. foreign
  8. bled
  9. putting
  10. innocent
  11. main

Original Text

In the summer of 2003, I was assigned to command a special operations task force, and that task force was spread across the Mideast to fight al Qaeda. Our main effort was inside Iraq, and our specified mission was to defeat al Qaeda in Iraq. For almost five years I stayed there, and we focused on fighting a war that was unconventional and it was difficult and it was bloody and it often claimed its highest price among innocent people. We did everything we could to stop al Qaeda and the foreign fighters that came in as suicide bombers and as accelerants to the violence. We honed our combat skills, we developed new equipment, we parachuted, we helicoptered, we took small boats, we drove, and we walked to objectives night after night to stop the killing that this network was putting forward. We bled, we died, and we killed to stop that organization from the violence that they were putting largely against the Iraqi people.

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