Nick Turse

Nick Turse is an investigative reporter, a fellow at The Nation Institute, the managing editor of, a contributing writer at The Intercept, and the co-founder of Dispatch Books. He is the author, most recently, of “Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan,” as well as The New York Times bestseller “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” which received a 2014 American Book Award.
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John Hersey, Hiroshima and the End of World

Whether you’re reading this with your morning coffee, just after lunch or on the late shift in the wee small hours of the morning, it’s 100 seconds to midnight. That’s just over a minute and a half. And that should be completely unnerving. It’s the closest to that witching hour we’ve ever been. Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has adjusted its doomsday... Continue Reading

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Can US Special Operations Command Be Held Accountable?

Last October, a group of eight Apache attack and CH-47 Chinook helicopters carrying US commandos roared out of an airfield in Iraq. They raced through Turkish airspace and across the Syrian border, coming in low as they approached a village just north of Idlib province where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his bodyguards and some of his children were spending the night.... Continue Reading

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Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million

Pentagon watchdog calls out two commands for financial malfeasance. 2017 was a year of investigations for US Africa Command (AFRICOM). There was the investigation of the two-star commander of US Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of a Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry... Continue Reading

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US Special Ops at War 

US Special Operations Forces were deployed to 149 nations in 2017, or about 75% of the countries on the planet. At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistan into Afghan airspace. On board were 199 Army Rangers with orders to seize an airstrip. One hundred miles to the northeast,... Continue Reading

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