Wednesday, December 3


Iraq: The New War

A 2003 essay that foreshadows the emergence of the Islamic State a decade later – an insurgency incited by American policy in Iraq during the early days of the war.

Saturday, November 29


The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

More than 500 Germans, including a former rapper named Deso Dogg, have joined ISIS in Syria.

Saturday, November 22


Losing the War

An essay, originally published over two issues, on how and why we forget war.

Wednesday, November 19


The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

“The Jihad route leads from Tunisia via Tripoli into Turkey and on to Syria. Thousands have followed the path into Syria, and only a few have returned.”

Tuesday, November 18


Firestone and the Warlord

How a major American company helped bring Charles Taylor to power in Liberia.

Monday, November 17


Hell Is Other People

A report from the Central African Republic, where "acts of extraordinary cruelty have become commonplace."

Wednesday, October 29


My Captivity

An American journalist on being kidnapped, tortured and released in Syria.

Wednesday, October 15


The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

When American and Iraqi soldiers were exposed to leftover chemical munitions from Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran, the Pentagon kept silent.

Tuesday, October 14


My Terrifying Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord

Inside the stronghold of Commander Pigeon, “collector of lost and exiled men.”

Saturday, October 11


The Spy Who Scammed Us?

Jamie Smith said he was a co-founder of Blackwater and a former CIA officer. He appeared on cable news as a counterterrorism expert and he received millions in goverment contracts to train personnel. The money was real. The resume wasn’t.

Friday, October 10


The Lessons of Atmeh

The complexities of offering aid to a Syrian refugee camp.

Friday, September 26


“Your Future Is Very Dark”

On former CIA agent John T. Downey, who spent more than 20 years in China as the longest held American captive of war.