A New Way of War

For more than a decade, we’ve been getting somber Pentagon emails telling us the name, hometown and age of every U.S. troop killed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Noticed something new, at least to us, in …

Déjà View

A U.S. soldier’s viewfinder shows an old Russian observation post in Kunar province, Feb. 7.

Testing the High-Test

Petroleum products are slippery fluids – in more ways than one – and it’s tough always to know if you’re getting what you’re paying for. They’re prime targets for smuggling, diluting and/or doctoring.

We recently …

Knight Patrol

A soldier protects his buddies as they move to set up a remote outpost near Herat Feb. 17.

Vetting the 34,000

With General John Allen’s announcement Tuesday that he is hanging up his Marine uniform after 35 years, there’s a dwindling number of senior U.S. officials who know the logic behind President Obama’s decision to pull out …

Soldiers Write…About War, and a Woman

Every once in awhile a war book – actually written by a soldier – grabs you and won’t let go. The latest is The Yellow Birds, by Iraq war vet Kevin Powers. Nate Rawlings interviewed him here on Battleland more than a month …

On Austin Tice, And the Tug of War

About a month ago, a friend posted an article — a Facebook post, rather — that Austin Tice wrote before he went missing. Austin is a freelance journalist, fellow Marine, and fellow Georgetown student apparently captured by …

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