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  Financial scandal in the California National Guard

As much as $100 million in taxpayer money may have been improperly or illegally paid out to undeserving Guard members in the form of cash bonuses or loan repayments.


Stand by your man

Siobhan Fallon, author of the short story collection “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” talks about writing and life as a military wife.


Coming home in pieces

By David Philipps The following is adapted from “Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home,” a book about soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  specifically those of the 506th Infantry Regiment, who unleashed a series of brutal crimes on Colorado Springs after returning from a tour in Iraq. That regiment, which [...]


Six-word memoirs: Veterans share their stories of coming home

In cooperation with SMITH magazine, Need to Know features the stories of veterans coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq, who told their stories in just six words.


  Braving Iraq: Recovering the country’s lost marshlands

Need to Know previews an excerpt from “Braving Iraq”, a documentary produced by our colleagues at Nature about efforts to recover the marshes of southern Iraq.


Filmmaker seeks to change attitudes about America’s wars

Americans paid little attention to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the election. Laura Poitras wonders what, if anything, will change that.


Former Iraq correspondent: CNN refused to air ‘war crime’

Australian journalist says incident violated Geneva Convention.


  Need to Know, August 20, 2010

This week on Need to Know: The religious history of lower Manhattan. The U.S. transition in Iraq. And best-selling author Gary Shteyngart, who absolutely loves “weiner dogs.”


  From ‘shock and awe’ to ‘advise and assist’ in Iraq

Seven years after the start of the war in Iraq, the U.S. mission there has changed dramatically. Middle East scholar Juan Cole discusses the new phase, and whether peace is possible in Iraq.

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