'Terrible Losses Overnight' Cables Track US Diplomatic Efforts to Avert Russian-Georgian Conflict

The leaked embassy cables show how the US, after spending years helping to build up Georgia's military capabilities, made last-ditch diplomatic attempts to avert the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia.
War damage in Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia, in 2008.

War damage in Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia, in 2008.

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