Will There Be a Second Arab Spring?
Don’t Count Out ISIS Just Yet
The Islamic State once seemed inexorable in its violence and terror. Now, it's on the back foot in Syria and Iraq—but celebrating its demise is premature.
U.S. Paid $1B to Contractor Accused of Bigotry at Air Base
Sallyport Global was contracted to help keep Balad Air Base orderly, safe, and secure. But past and present employees say it was anything but.
ENEMY OF NONE
The Last Time I Was Called ‘an Enemy of the People’
U.S. journalists are used to tangling with power. They are also used to risking their lives to do their jobs. What’s missing now is the hard-earned respect that cuts both ways.
Is the Iranian General Taunting Trump on a U.S. Hit List?
Qasem Suleimani, the head of the fearsome Quds Force, is the incarnation of evil in Washington’s view. But many experts say it would be a mistake to try to take him out.
Garbage Burn Pits From Iraq Are Causing Lung Disease in Vets
Veterans return home with lung disease at higher rates than civilians. But they’re having a tougher time getting recognized and compensated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
PAWNS IN THE GAME
Did a Group of Grad Students Really Help Plan the Gulf War?
When grad students were asked to collect floor plans for buildings in Baghdad in the fall of 1990, were they helping to preserve Iraqi culture—or to find targets for smart bombs?
ISIS Is Beaten. But Iraq Is Still Hell for LGBT+ People.
Family threats, militia murders, persecution, and fear: The first ever study of its kind by advocacy group IraQueer reveals a heart-wrenching portrait of LGBT life in Iraq.