Book review — modern American history

The CIA, the Vietnam deserters and the aptly named Operation Chaos

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Keep my name out of it’, was the fairly standard reply when Matthew Sweet started researching the story of the…

Aerial view of the ‘Salt Pit’, the CIA’s clandestine detention centre north of Kabul, which opened in September 2002. Detainees were kept chained in total darkness, with loud music playing constantly

Do the Americans know who they’re fighting in Afghanistan — or why?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

For the past 16 years, America’s war in Afghanistan has been a dismal tale of ignorance, atrocity and error, says Jason Burke