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  • State of Terror

    In an unmatched examination of the Islamic State that began well before the attacks in Paris, The Times showed the secrets behind the group’s baffling resilience, tracking ISIS on battlefields in Syria, Libya and Iraq, and exposing its recruiting techniques, money trails and systematic policy of rape.
  • The Special Challenges of Artificial Arms

    About 1,600 US veterans have lost major parts of their limbs in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. About 319 have faced amputations of at least part of an arm. This investigation examines how the military and Veterans Administration have made them a low priority. The story is told through heart-wrenching personal stories from soldiers trying to recover from their battlefield wounds. documents, data, military officials and interviews with top researchers. Experts, Inspector General audits and medical journal studies reveal that developments that have recent improvements prosthetic legs have not happened with arms.
  • Secret Casualties

    While American troops in Iraq never found an active weapons-of-mass-destruction program, they instead found — and greatly suffered from — long-abandoned chemical weapons. Nearly 5,000 old chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs had been recovered; dozens of Americans and Iraqis were wounded by them. Yet, year after year, the Pentagon covered it up. Congress was misled, medical care was denied and soldiers were refused the honors and recognition they deserved for battlefield injuries.
  • America's Gun: The Rise of the AR-15

    CNBC tells the story of one gun: the nation’s most popular and feared firearm, now at the center of a wrenching national debate. The AR-15 is legal and lethal, loved by some and despised by others, assailed and defended, seven pounds of metal and plastic that has become a symbol in the great divide between those who say it belongs only on the battlefield and others who insist owning one is their inalienable right.
  • An Un-American Tragedy

    Pat Tillman was a former college football star and NFL player who enlisted in the Army and became an Army Ranger after the events of September 11, 2001. His death in 2004 in Afghanistan was presented by the military as a heroic act, but as more details emerged, it became clear that he died not from the enemy's bullets, but rather was a victim of friendly fire. ESPN.com investigated, interviewing some of the soldiers who witnessed the chaos which led to Tillman's death, and examining whether or not the Army artificially inflated Tillman's battlefield deeds in order to present him as a hero.
  • Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight

    The series investigated mental health screening and treatment for service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on Defense Department records data and interviews with more than 100 mental health experts, service members, and the relatives and friends of troops who committed suicide in the war zone, we reported that the military was increasingly sending, keeping and recycling mentally troubles troops into combat, in violation of the military's own regulations, and with tragic consequences."
  • Guantanamo's Grip

    Many of them inmates at Guantanamo Bay Prison were not terrorists, not caught on the battlefield or even accused of fighting against the United States. AFter searching through thousands of pages of court documents, Hegland found that evidence against the men were "scanty at best and farcical at worst."
  • The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite

    Author Ann Finkbeiner examines the history and activities of JASON. The JASON Defense Advisory Group is a group of university scientists, mostly physicists, who gather every summer to work on specific problems for the government. These problems are often military, and often classified. The group began in 1960, and counted Manhattan Project alums as some of its early members. Now, they are responsible for such innovations as the electronic battlefield, the laser guide star, a three-dimensional mapping system of the ocean's temperatures, which is used for oceanography studies and to chart global warming, and Star Wars (or Startegic Defense Initiative), the attempt to find a countermeasure for hostile ICBMs. The group is completely independent in its decision-making and in the choosing of its members, though it is funded largely by government organizations.
  • Line of Fire

    This story investigates the fate of four members of an embedded British ITN TV news crew who wandered onto an Iraqi battlefield and wound up caught in the crossfire between Iraqi fighters and US Marines. The author's reporting, observations at the scene and photographs helped establish that the Marines were involved in the incident, contrary to US military claims.
  • Fire Sale: America's Unchecked Gun Market

    A four-part series. 1.) Military Scrap Reborn as Firearms. Tens of thousand of rebuilt military weapons have been sold to the public. Some of the world's most powerful combat rifles can wind up in almost anyone's hands with a minimum of paperwork. 2.) Built for the battlefield, bound for the streets. Through the 94-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program, thousands of obsolete military firearms are sold to private owners. Trouble is, there are no safeguards on the weapon's resale. 3.) Want to buy a weapon? Step right up. At poorly monitored gun shows -- as well as on the Internet -- buyers and sellers can undertake transactions that don't require background checks or paperwork. 4.) Assault gun 'ban' designed to backfire. With gaping loopholes the law is easily skirted.