Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently splits his time between Washington, DC, and southern Turkey, where he writes on the Syrian Civil War. His novel Green on Blue is forthcoming from Scribner.

Leatherneck Tap Dances

When asked what it was like to fight in Fallujah, I have yet to come up with an explanation that’s better than, “Exactly like the battle scenes in Full Metal Jacket.” 

Anatolian Angst

A former Marine in Istanbul fears that his family is now at risk in a NATO country—and pretty much everywhere else.


BEAST FICTION: I shot Bin Laden but first he shot me. Then I got the dinner at Applebee’s, bad dreams and a nervous Stomach.