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  No silver bullet to combat IEDs

Improvised explosive devices have been the single deadliest weapon used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has spent $17 billion trying to develop a ‘silver bullet’ device to end the scourge of roadside bombs. Has it worked, and how has all that money been spent?


Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.


The homecoming: An American soldier returns from war

VII photographer Erin Trieb follows one American soldier, Adam Ramsey, on his journey home as he battles Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts and recovery.


Where do we go from here?

At the highest levels, debate on the U.S. war in Afghanistan lacks clarity and focus, argues Joshua Foust.


Heavy on bluster, low on facts

A U.S. military task force aimed at developing Iraq’s economy has made some big strides, like computerizing the Iraqi banking sector, but Joshua Foust asks, how much has it really accomplished?


  Another Memorial Day at war

Jon Meacham reflects on why war feels distant to so many Americans — and why the burden of military sacrifice weighs heavily on so few.


The looming Afghan crash

Pulling out of Afghanistan will save the U.S. government money, but it could have a host of negative economic effects, both there and at home, writes Joshua Foust.


  The reckoning: Assessing the economic toll of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.


Obama: ‘The U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden’

American special forces stormed a compound deep inside Pakistan and, after a firefight, shot the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks to death. “Justice has been done,” President Obama said Sunday. Watch the full video of Obama’s speech.

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