You’ve Got to Teach Your Sons Irreverence

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It’s time to break the silence and let it all burn.

Explainer: What is ISIS and Where did it Come From?

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Iraq is facing its most alarming crisis in years, at the hands of a relatively young jihadist group.

The Power of the Trigger: My Time in the Iraqi Civil War

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Justin Cliburn speaks about his time as a gunner in Iraq.

A Piece of Shrapnel, A Purple Heart

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As part of Gaby Dunn’s ’100 interviews’ project, she wanted to talk to someone who was awarded a Purple Heart. Here’s the story of Brian Scott.

No One Deserves for This to Be Their Normal

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There are people in this world who must forge ahead, who must go to work and go to the market and go to cafes not knowing if or when a bomb will go off.

Open Letter to Bush and Cheney From a Dying Iraq War Veteran

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On the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran, has written a powerful and moving open letter to President George W. Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.

From Dork to Combat Killer in 14 Weeks

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Matt Crowder looks back at the moment he knew he had to join the U.S. Military—the morning of September 11, 2001—and how that has turned him into the man he is today.

17 Things You Can Learn From Traveling

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Humans are friendly and honest the vast majority of the time. Taxi drivers outside airports are the exception.

The Shadow of Beauty

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Atalwin Polin talks about a reader’s kind contribution to his journey and the movement again Islamist free speech in Turkey.

A Sad Day with a Silver Lining

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Atalwin Polin shares his story of globe-trotting, heartbreak, and new friends.

Maybe I Am a Good Guy

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Atalwin Polin talks about how to love others and yourself in the face of trauma, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy.

Repeating Iraq’s Mistakes in Afghanistan

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War correspondent Michael Kamber talks about the lessons of Iraq, and how the situation in Afghanistan shows that they have not been learned.

Shootings, Manhood and Tragedy

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Tom Matlack wonders what would make a teenage boy go into a school cafeteria and blow away three innocent kids he barely knew.