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.

Ring of Fire

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.

The Bin Laden Files

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.

  1. The Bin Ladens' Life on the Run

    The day-to-day monotony and close calls of Bin Laden’s years on the lam.

  2. Bin Laden Raid Reveals 'State Failure'

    How Pakistan helped allow Bin Laden to go undetected for so long.

  3. The Raid: How It Happened

    The story of the night Bin Laden was killed, as told by those in the crosshairs.

The Invisible Army

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.