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In recent years much has been written about the revival of counterinsurgency as the preferred strategy of the U.S.-led forces in the “global war on terror.” Such a strategy necessarily requires knowledge of the local languages and cultures. This chapter focuses on the U.S. military’s attempts to use language as a weapon of war through the strategic deployment of translation practices in consolidating military occupation. It looks into such tactics as the training of soldiers in foreign languages, the development of automatic translation systems, and the protocols for expropriating the mediating power of native interpreters. It also inquires into the...

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