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My Long War

What it’s been like reporting a conflict that never seems to end.

The Fall of the Warrior King

Nathan Sassaman was a star quarterback at West Point and a celebrated officer who carried his idealism with him to Iraq. But a nasty war has a way of undoing a good man.

Regrets Only?

Kanan Makiya spent years in exile advocating the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The war he supported brought about an Iraq he never imagined.

A Five-Mile Jog Through the City of Death

As the growing insurgency spread chaos across Iraq, the author found solace—and fleeting friendships—in daily runs in the streets of the capital.

A School Bus for Shamsia

A writer returned to Afghanistan to buy a bus for Afghan girls who were attacked on their walk to school. But it turns out giving isn’t always easy.

Lost Soldiers

How a family remembers.

After Syria

If the Assad regime falls, can Hezbollah survive?

Feb 2013

The Deep State

The Prime Minister is revered as a moderate, but how far will he go to stay in power?

Mar 2012

The Shadow Commander

Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.

Sep 2013


A troubled Iraq veteran seeks out the family he harmed.

Oct 2012

General Principles

How good was David Petraeus?

Dec 2012

After America

Will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves?

Jul 2012

The Journalist and the Spies

The murder of a reporter who exposed Pakistan’s secrets.

Sep 2011

Stanley McChrystal’s Long War

Is it just too late—politically and militarily—for the general to win in Afghanistan?

After the Uprising

Can protesters find a path between dictatorship and anarchy?

Apr 2011

Where “Plan A” Left Ahmad Chalabi

The war he pushed for has not succeeded. He has no place in an Iraqi government he thought he would lead. He has some issues.

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The Afghan Bank Heist

A secret investigation may implicate dozens of high-ranking government officials.

Feb 2011
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Right at the Edge

The Taliban and Al Qaeda have established a haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghan border. This is where the war on terror will be fought—and possibly lost.

From the Web

The Thin Red Line

Inside the White House debate over Syria.

May 2013