MONDAY’S LINKS: ‘Medically Unfit’ Soldiers Back to Iraq, Media Mogul Zell, NYT Co. Appeases Morgan Stanley?

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, a Salon story finds that wounded soldiers are being sent back to Iraq (even those declared “unfit for combat”), a look at what Sam Zell’s past media buying could mean for his Tribune bid, and The New York Times Company invites critical shareholder Morgan Stanley to a board presentation.

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American military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes a gradual withdrawal of forces and a renewed emphasis on training Iraqi fighters in case the current troop buildup fails or is derailed by Congress. (Los Angeles Times)

As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. (Salon)

Could Sam Zell’s past hint at a plan for Tribune? (Los Angeles Times)

New York Observer publisher Jared Kusher is learning the ropes with a little help from editor Peter Kaplan. (New York Times)

Oleg Panfilov: To understand the latest press freedom outrages, you need a Russian history lesson. (Independent)

AP President and CEO Tom Curley discusses freedom of information and open government issues. (Guardian)

The New York Times Co. invited a Morgan Stanley money manager to make a presentation to its board last month, in a sign the publisher may be trying to appease critical investors. (Wall Street Journal)

Personalities in abundance at Conrad Black’s trial. (Chicago Tribune)

Has Ann Coulter hit her tipping point? (AP)

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