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The Big Book

After Afghanistan, a Marine and a combat photographer "reconnect through writing"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Aug 25, 2017
In "Shooting Ghosts," T.J. Brennan and Finbarr O'Reilly talk about the friendship that helped them rebuild their lives after war.
Finbarr O'Reilly, left,  and T.J. Brennan at OP Kunjak, a tiny hilltop outpost in Afghanistan.
Finbarr O’Reilly/REUTERS

Costs of Afghanistan recommitment are hard to quantify

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 22, 2017
President Trump has unveiled his new policy for Afghanistan. The president outlined the new plan in a prime-time address Monday night and said he will authorize a small increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed there. The Pentagon will…

Afghanistan: What’s the plan for the economy?

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Aug 21, 2017
President Trump will outline his plans for Afghanistan in a national address tonight. The U.S. has poured billions into Afghanistan since 2001. So why is the country’s economy in such bad shape? Click the audio player above to hear the…

Afghanistan increases opium production

by Nova Safo Jun 29, 2015
Taliban threatens farmers, who also grow the crop for their own economic survival.

The murky world of military aid

by David Gura Aug 12, 2014
The U.S. is helping get weapons to Kurdish forces. But who's paying for them?

Erik Prince: Blackwater founder on the 'business of war'

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 18, 2013
Founder and former CEO of Blackwater, Erik Prince says "I'm done keeping quiet" about the War on Terror.

Boom times for opium cultivation in Afghanistan

by David Loyn Nov 13, 2013
516,000 acres in Afghanistan are dedicated to growing opium poppies.

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Iraq: Who watched the watchers?

by Shannon Mullen Sep 30, 2013
The office established as the temporary oversight agency for Iraq reconstruction will cease operations.

Why wasteful spending and war seem to go hand in hand

by Kate Davidson Jul 16, 2013
A Senate committee takes up the issue of war-time contracting, looking at the huge amounts of waste and fraud during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. to leave behind billions in military equipment in Afghanistan

by David Gura Jun 20, 2013
American troops are on the way out of Afghanistan, but the Washington Post reports that much of their gear, some $7 billion worth, won't be coming home with them.