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What’s in a name? More than you may think — and more than the Pentagon wishes to share

By tom On Thursday, August 02 nd, 2018 · no Comments · In Writing

WASHINGTON — When U.S. military leaders decided to make a new spring push against ISIS in Syria, the commanding general, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, looked to his grade school for guidance on what to call the new offensive.

Funk attended elementary school in Roundup, Montana. To Funk, that was the perfect name for an operation designed to corner and kill the remaining elements of ISIS scattered in Syria and hanging on in a few redoubts along the Euphrates River and border with Iraq.

Thus begate “Operation Roundup,” which this week entered what officials said should be its final phase.

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