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Ann Jones has a new book published today: They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars -- the Untold Story, a Dispatch Books project in cooperation with Haymarket Books. Andrew Bacevich has already had this to say about it: “Read this unsparing, scathingly direct, and gut-wrenching account -- the war Washington doesn’t want you to see. Then see if you still believe that Americans ‘support the troops.’” Jones, who has reported from Afghanistan since 2002, is also the author of two books about the impact of war on civilians: Kabul in Winter and War Is Not Over When It’s Over.

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Is This Country Crazy?

(596) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans,...

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The Missing Women of Afghanistan

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:47 AM

After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

On September 29th, power in Afghanistan changed hands for the first time in 13 years. At the Arg, the presidential palace in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president, while the outgoing...

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Washington's Pivot to Ignorance

(14) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Will the State Department Torpedo Its Last Great Program?

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Often it’s the little things coming out of Washington, obscured by the big, scary headlines, that matter most in the long run. Items that scarcely make the news, or fail to attract your...

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How America's Wars Came Home With the Troops

(60) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Up Close, Personal, and Bloody

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. ...

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America's Child Soldiers

(117) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 10:36 PM

JROTC and the Militarizing of America

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the...

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A Trail of Tears

(28) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 10:22 AM

How Veterans Return From America's Wars

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[The text of this piece is an excerpt, slightly adapted, from Ann Jones's new book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars -- The Untold Story, just published by Dispatch Books/Haymarket Books]

In 2010,...

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They Didn't Know What They Were Getting Into

(295) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:28 AM

The Cost of War, American-Style

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs administered by medics in the field, they were carried from medevac...

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The Forgotten War

(24) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:49 AM

12 Years in Afghanistan Down the Memory Hole

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now?  If history is any guide, the answer is yes.  And if history is any guide, three decades from now most Americans will have...

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Men Who Kick Down Doors

(120) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Tyrants at Home and Abroad

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Picture this.  A man, armored in tattoos, bursts into a living room not his own.  He confronts an enemy.  He barks orders.  He throws that enemy into a chair. Then against a wall.  He plants himself in the...

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Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

(108) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 9:52 PM

Three Lousy Options: Pick One

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Compromise, conflict, or collapse: ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings. 2014, of course, is the year of the double...

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Green on Blue

(5) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Recent weeks have brought yet another sad chance to watch badly laid plans in Afghanistan go haywire.  In three separate incidents, allies, most from the Afghan National Army (ANA), allegedly...

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The Incredible Shrinking Woman in Post-9/11 Hell

(56) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Me and OFAC and Ahmed the Egyptian: One Citizen’s Misadventure in Securityland


Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Where did I go wrong? Was it playing percussion with an Occupy Wall Street band in Times Square when I was in New York recently? Or was...

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Why Peace Is the Business of Men (But Shouldn't Be): A Modest Proposal for the Immodest Brotherhood of Big Men

(73) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

Looking for a way out of Afghanistan?  Maybe it’s time to try something entirely new and totally different.  So how about putting into action, for the first time in recorded history, the most enlightened edict ever passed by the United Nations Security Council: Resolution 1325?

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Big Men, Big Money, Big Voting Scam: The American Midterm Election -- in Afghanistan

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 3:34 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com

Afghanistan still awaits final results from the nationwide election held last month to fill the 249 seats of the lower house of parliament. Deciding which of the more than 2,500 candidates won takes time because the Electoral Complaints Commission that investigates voting irregularities, made up...

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Correcting the Record on Ann Jones

(25) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 10:11 PM

I must take exception to the very unprofessional attack lodged against my integrity by blogger Melissa Roddy ("Correcting the Record on Bibi Ayesha," posted Sept. 7) as she tries to make the case for keeping US troops in Afghanistan by rerunning the story of Aisha, the mutilated young...

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MRAPs, Sprained Ankles, Air Conditioning, Farting Contests, and Other Snapshots from the American War in Afghanistan

(44) Comments | Posted August 1, 2010 | 7:38 PM

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com.

In the eight years I’ve reported on Afghanistan, I’ve “embedded” regularly with Afghan civilians, especially women.  Recently, however, with American troops “surging” and journalists getting into the swing of the military’s counterinsurgency “strategy” (better known by its acronym, COIN), I decided to get with the...

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Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan: But the War Machine Grinds On

(20) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 11:29 AM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy isn’t working.  So said a parade of Afghanistan watchers during the flap over war commander General Stanley McChrystal’s firing.  But what does that phrase, so often in the media these days, really mean?  And if the strategy really isn’t working, just...

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Meet the Afghan Army: Is It a Figment of Washington's Imagination?

(56) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Cross-posted with Tomdispatch.com.

The big Afghanistan debate in Washington is not over whether more troops are needed, but just who they should be: Americans or Afghans -- Us or Them. Having just spent time in Afghanistan seeing how things stand, I wouldn't bet on Them.

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Everything That Happens in Afghanistan Is Based on Lies or Illusions

(22) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 11:59 AM

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A Film That Captures Some Edgy, Fearful Truths


Kabul, July 2009 -- I've come back to the Afghan capital again, after an absence of two years, to find it ruined in a new way. Not by bombs this time, but by security.

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Death on the Home Front

(7) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 12:01 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com


Women in the Crosshairs


Wake up, America. The boys are coming home, and they're not the boys who went away.

On New Year's Day, the New York Times welcomed the advent of 2009 by reporting that, since returning...

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