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Hydra

Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself put it best: “Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.”

Afghans protesting killing of civilians in raid by US/ISAF forces

Despite rules of engagement to the contrary, such targeting pervades the entire chain of command—up to the Oval Office.

Marla Ruzicka

This incredibly gutsy woman gave her life aiding the victims of America's wars.

Refugee voucher program

The views of refugees in Jordan are shaped by their individual experiences of war and their collective expatriation from home. 

Zaatari refugee camp

For Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, arguments about international law ring hollow.

Obama briefs congressional delegation on Syria

Why saying no to Syria matters (and it's not about Syria).

Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon

President Barack Obama

Kerry's rhetorical point may give Obama an option besides ill-advised airstrikes. 

President Obama briefs on Syria

The American public deserves a full explanation of what we are being asked to support.

John Kerry

President Obama was right to seek congressional approval to strike Syria—but a bipartisan coalition must turn him down.

Blogs

From dumb to dumber in Afghanistan: the US military wants to use Special Forces to invade Pakistan.

December 21, 2010

President Obama's chief adviser on counterterrorism is mum on whether the administration is planning a covert war In Yemen.

December 20, 2010

The Obama administration, the Pentagon, and the Brookings Institution might want to keep American troops in Iraq for years, but the Iraqis have other ideas.

December 20, 2010

It's mostly spin, not substance, and the real fight over what to do in Afghanistan will come early next spring.

December 16, 2010