November is hot in Congo. Every month is hot in Congo. So it’s likely their faces shone with sweat when the first residents of Duru, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, raced from mud hut to mud hut with a warning that sounded like, “El are ah!” That’s “LRA,”... Read more
China’s Overhyped Sub Threat
It was the U.S. Navy’s biggest jolt in years. On Oct. 26, 2006, a Chinese Song-class attack submarine quietly surfaced within nine miles of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as the 80,000-ton-diplacement vessel sailed on a training exercise in the East China Sea between Japan and Taiwan. The... Read more
Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes
a damaged C-130 at Forward Operating Base Shank in early June. Air Force photo Damn, this Afghan Airstrip Practically Eats American Planes $270 million in hardware gobbled up by a remote, high-altitude runway Afghanistan is just about the worst place in the world to wage a high-tech war. Rugged,... Read more
Oh Great, Now China’s Got a Stealth Bomber, Too?
via David Cenciotti Oh Great, Now China’s Got a Stealth Bomber, Too? Or maybe not. Who can even tell? The above images, dug up online by China aviation expert Andreas Rupprecht, are the first public glimpse of what could Beijing’s future stealth bomber. True, those are just plastic and... Read more
Crossfire! Pvt. Matt Hoats’ War
Blue Delliquanti art Crossfire! Pvt. Matt Hoats’ War In this true story drawn by Blue Delliquanti, one U.S. soldier learns the hard way how dangerous Afghanistan’s fighting can be for civilians Read more
Obama is the Decider Now
Obama is the Decider Now by Matt Bors Cartoonist Matt Bors’s latest book is Life Begins at Incorporation. Read more
That One Time the NSA Helped Kill a Guy
An airman works on a satellite signal receiver. air force photo That One Time the NSA Helped Kill a Guy The one time we know of, that is In the first week of June the Guardian went public with secret documents outlining the National Security Agency’s massive new effort... Read more
When the Earth Touched the Sky
A controlled IED blast in Zari in april. David Axe photo When the Earth Touched the Sky How eerie calm led to sudden death in the Afghanistan war’s final months This story was updated on June 16 to include comments from Richard Newton Pvt. 1st Class Cody Towse believed... Read more
War Junkie

War Junkie

Uncategorized June 4, 2013 0

David Axe photo War Junkie Combat becomes an addiction in this archive story Morning. Jan. 27, 2005. Baqubah, occupied Iraq. A hundred surly Arabs and a bunch of bemused GIs gather in a musty provincial government building. It’s a chance for known insurgents to sign a pledge against violence... Read more
Death, Darkness and the Deserters
A Chadian soldier. David Axe Photo Death, Darkness and the Deserters From the archives, a harrowing tale of African desert warfare from June 2008 It started with singing. I was in my sweltering hovel at a guest house in Abeche in eastern Chad on a Friday evening when I... Read more