Pride and Regret: Revisiting the Battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan

Jun 18, 2019 | 20:14 GMT

U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq stretches back for almost a generation. For many Americans, those wars have been defining elements of their lives. For others, they are events far away that simply do not affect them. In what Booklist has called a "searing, contemplative, and unforgettable memoir … perhaps the finest writing about the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts that has been published to date," former Marine Elliot Ackerman returns to the places he fought to learn the names of those he fought against.

Analyst Ryan Bohl, who covers the Middle East and North Africa for Stratfor, sat down with Ackerman recently to talk about those trips and the book he wrote detailing his experiences, Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning.

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