Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

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The Human Toll

U.S. airstrikes have not lived up to their billing.

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Reveling in the Joys of Books, and Reading, at a Baghdad Book Fair

Iraq is home to literary traditions ancient and modern, and to legions of avid readers who find a new book more meaningful to them than a new government.

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Book Excerpt: Navy SEAL’s Behavior Led Teammates to Change Their Mission

In ‘Alpha,’ a Times reporter details the SEALs culture that fostered Eddie Gallagher’s rise and sheds new light on the events that led to his trial (and acquittal) in a polarizing war crimes case.

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The Navy SEAL Who Went Rogue

David Philipps’s “Alpha” tells the story of an out-of-control Navy officer who won the protection of Donald Trump and escaped a murder charge.

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UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry

The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq’s heritage.

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A Path of Forgiveness After Unimaginable Loss in Iraq

An engineer’s wife, daughter and other family members were killed in a misguided airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition. But Basim Razzo would rather sow understanding than hatred.

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

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In Iraq, a New Prime Minister Takes Stock of His Bloodied Land

In one city ruined by war, even the stones seem to have voices. They tell the stories of people who can no longer speak for themselves.

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