Military

 
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  Looking home

This series of poignant portraits offers an intimate glimpse of U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan as they communicate with friends and family at home.

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  A different kind of memorial

Documentarian Sebastian Junger proposes a provocative idea for how we might help soldiers come to grips with what he calls “the central tragedy of war.”

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  Coming Home: The hardships veterans face when they return from war

Young veterans often have difficulty finding work when they return from war, leading to extreme financial hardship and, in some cases, homelessness.

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  American Voices: Mopping up

In our “American Voices” series, Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is now serving in Afghanistan. He says her job is like her son’s: they both clean up the mess left by others.

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Defining victory in Afghanistan

The real challenge in Afghanistan is that the American effort has focused almost exclusively on the military, while the Taliban has focused on politics. As a consequence, the Taliban is winning the war for hearts and minds, writes Joshua Foust.

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ACLU criticizes killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, calling it a ‘dangerous’ precedent

In an interview with Need to Know, the ACLU’s deputy legal director said the killing of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent in which “U.S. citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government.”

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Are private contractors undermining the intelligence community?

For Joshua Foust, the biggest problem facing the intelligence community is not that some contractors abuse the system, but rather that the government has designed a system that encourages abuse.

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Second GOP debate exposes foreign-policy divide

Until the Republicans can figure out a unified message for foreign policy, we can expect continued confusion and inconsistency from the debates, writes Joshua Foust.

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  Military families struggle with the war at home

The emotional impact of combat on those serving in the military is well recognized. But what about the military families left behind? We profile three families to see the sacrifices military spouses and children make every day.