Matthieu Aikins

19 articles
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Yemen's Hidden War

A remote nation and a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe.

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Inside Baghdad's Brutal Battle Against ISIS

Even ISIS’s opponents are hard men who understand terror.

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The Making of a Narco State

Following the money and the opium in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

After 13 years of war, the United States has helped create a nation ruled by drug lords.

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Whoever Saves a Life

Seven days with Syria’s first responders.

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Last Tango in Kabul

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.

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The Surge

The fight to vaccinate children in the border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of an attempt to eradicate polio worldwide.

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The A-Team Killings

Last fall, a team of American Special Forces arrived in Nerkh, a district just west of Kabul. Six months later, amid allegations of torturing and murdering locals, the team was gone. Shortly after they left, the remains of 10 missing villagers were found outside their vacated base. An investigation into a possible war crime.

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Portrait of an Afghan Assassin

Investigating the spike in Afghan-on-American military murders.

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Enemy Inside the Wire: The Untold Story of the Battle of Bastion

An account of the night last September when 15 Taliban, dressed as American soldiers, snuck onto one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan.

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Makers of War

How a corporate network engineer became one of Aleppo’s most prolific weapons manufacturers.

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The Doctor, the CIA, and the Blood of Bin Laden

The disappearance of the mysterious “Pakistani asset” that helped the CIA zero in on Bin Laden.