In Pictures: The hot art in the CIA’s cool art collection

The CIA has a collection of paintings that depict historic agency actions

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The painting depicts Detachment 101 of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) — the predecessor of today’s CIA — in Burma during World War II. "Iwaddy Ambush" illustrates one of the group's many guerrilla operations staged to disrupt Japanese supply and reinforcement routes in Burma. Staked out on one side of the Irrawaddy River, OSS-trained Kachin rangers ambush Japanese rafts bringing troops and supplies to the Japanese-held town of Myitkyina in July 1944, the CIA says.

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