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Living in Sri Lanka during the end of the civil war, I saw how life goes on, surrounded by death

A water tower bombed by the Tamil Tigers in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2008. Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto/Getty Images


So many wrong lessons were taken from 9/11


Marina Amaral and Dan Jones’ new book colorizes early to mid-20th century war photos to draw a parallel between our present and past

The invasion of Norway. Photos from “The World Aflame.”


Column

If you did, you wouldn’t want them playing an endless ‘Call of Duty’ game all over the world

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It’s a time-honored trick for desperate presidents, but it won’t work this time

Donald Trump making a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on January 3, 2020. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images


Private armies were the norm in most of military history, and they’re making a big comeback

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Commanders need to acknowledge the systemic problems that cause low morale and suicide

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Illustration: Tim McDonagh. All photos courtesy of Matt Zeller.

Power Trip

Inside one man’s quest to save interpreters who risked their lives helping American soldiers abroad


In going to war with Tehran, the U.S. would face a military far superior to anything it’s faced since the Vietnam War

Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2018. Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images


Same story, different gulf

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