How Did Michael Strange Really Die in Afghanistan?
A grieving father looks for answers.
A grieving father looks for answers.
One man's transition from military to civilian life.
Previously: Eli Saslow on the Longform Podcast.
The fight to grant asylum to the translators who worked—and sometimes fought—alongside U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
Each soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan generated around 10 pounds of garbage per day. Most of that trash—along with used equipment and medical supplies and other wastes of war—was burned in open-air pits, emitting a toxic smoke that many soliders blame for their poor health today.
Investigating the spike in Afghan-on-American military murders.
On the attempt to rehabilitate Afghanistan’s child jihadis.
Following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Pakistani government set up a commission to establish how U.S. forces could have violated Pakistani sovereignty without repercussions, and how Bin Laden came to reside secretly in Pakistan for so long. This is what they found.
The day-to-day monotony and close calls of Bin Laden’s years on the lam.
How Pakistan helped allow Bin Laden to go undetected for so long.
The story of the night Bin Laden was killed, as told by those in the crosshairs.
After being fired from both Nirvana and Soundgarden, Jason Everman joined the Special Forces.
After two tours in Iraq, the writer returns to a volatile region of Afghanistan as an embedded journalist.
On the India-Pakistan proxy war in Afghanistan.
On the drone strikes that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and his U.S.-born son.
The origin story of the C.I.A.’s covert drone war, which began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal for access to Pakistani airspace.
A combat veteran trains to be a college football placekicker.
As NATO leaves, the Afghan National Army grapples with a resilient Taliban.
How John Kiriakou, a public opponent of US torture policy, became the first CIA officer convicted of leaking classified information to the press.
Army Spc. Erik Schei was shot in the head in Iraq. This is the story of his recovery.
The story of Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who walked off his base in Afghanistan only to be captured by the Taliban.
On the escape of hundreds of insurgents from Kandahar’s Sarposa Prison through a tunnel dug from the outside, and an unlikely suspect: the jail’s former warden.
On the ground with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
How killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.
The expansion of private-security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan is well known. But armed security personnel account for only about sixteen per cent of the over-all contracting force. The vast majority—more than sixty per cent of the total in Iraq—aren’t hired guns but hired hands. These workers, primarily from South Asia and Africa, often live in barbed-wire compounds on U.S. bases, eat at meagre chow halls, and host dance parties featuring Nepalese romance ballads and Ugandan church songs. A large number are employed by fly-by-night subcontractors who are financed by the American taxpayer but who often operate outside the law.
The search for a missing soldier.
Life and death inside a NATO hospital in Afghanistan.
"I remember lying on my side, dust everywhere, and I looked down and saw my arms were split open and squirting blood and I had just two bloody stumps above my knees," said Marine 1st Lt. James Byler, 26, who was blown up a few weeks before Mark Litynski. "My first coherent words to my Marines were, 'Hey! check my nuts!'