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Van Hollen cuts his own path in race for Senate

Van Hollen cuts his own path in race for Senate

Chris Van Hollen was in his late 20s when he found himself on the border between Iraq and Turkey, standing on a desolate dirt road in the mountains within firing range of soldiers loyal to Saddam Hussein.

An aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time, Van Hollen was documenting Iraq's use of chemical weapons during its war with Iran. He was, in other words, collecting evidence against the same military he suddenly had come face to face with in the country's rugged highlands.

"These were people who had just been a part of operations to commit genocide, which we were documenting," Peter Galbraith, the former ambassador to Croatia who led the 1988...

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