The Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many Civilians It Has Killed in Iraq and Syria


The Pentagon has looked into hundreds of possible civilian casualties from the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. But Washington is having trouble keeping track of everything — including its own allies. Since August 2014, the American-led coalition has... Read more

Hundreds of Dead Bodies Rot in Bangui Wells


In early August, workers from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action exhumed three piles of... Read more

The Rocket Dog of U.S. Special Forces


America’s Special Operations Command will hold a conference in October and it recently put... Read more

Myanmar’s Most Persecuted Minority Isn’t Fighting Back


I checked the straps on my boots. The water on the flooded dirt road... Read more

Yep, F-117 Stealth Fighters Are Still Flying in 2015


The U.S. Air Force officially retired its 52 surviving F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighters in... Read more
The Trucial Oman Scouts Was the British Army’s Last Desert Romance
For most people, the United Arab Emirates conjures up images of lavish, oil-funded lifestyles, luxury cars and oddly shaped...
Meet the NSA’s Creepy Cartoon Mascots

Meet the NSA’s Creepy Cartoon Mascots

Originally published on April 21, 2015. The camera fades in to a green field. A butterfly flutters over a...

This U.S. Navy Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets

This U.S. Navy Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets

Originally published on April 13, 2015. During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea — away from...

U.S. Military Setting Up Shop in Niger

U.S. Military Setting Up Shop in Niger

The Pentagon is looking to open up a new gas station for its planes in southern Niger. As terrorists...

This Army Medic Pulled a Bug Out of a Firefighter’s Head

This Army Medic Pulled a Bug Out of a Firefighter’s Head

“The other night, we pulled a moth out of some guy’s ear — that was pretty exciting,” Sgt. Annie...

China Steals Military Artwork, Too

China Steals Military Artwork, Too

China has a bad habit of stealing foreign military designs. Beijing’s J-11 fighter jet is a copy of Russia’s...

El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense quiere derribar drones con una ametralladora eléctrica gigante

El Ejército de Tierra estadounidense quiere derribar drones con una ametralladora eléctrica gigante

Hace tan sólo unos años EE.UU. tenía casi el monopolio en cuanto a drones. Ya no más. A medida...
South Sudan’s Civil War Killed All of the Country’s Rhinos

South Sudan’s Civil War Killed All of the Country’s Rhinos

In 2011, South Sudan — then the world’s newest country — had as many as a thousand rhinos. Four...

Even More Iraqi and Syrian Civilians May Have Died in U.S. Air Strikes

Even More Iraqi and Syrian Civilians May Have Died in U.S. Air Strikes

The United States has carried out thousands of air strikes in Iraq and Syria, and doesn’t know how many civilians have...

Step by Step, Here’s How to Defeat China in War

Step by Step, Here’s How to Defeat China in War

The air campaign in Desert Storm was a watershed for air power. It demonstrated the effectiveness of precision munitions,...

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