The Night 8 Howitzer Shells Almost Killed Iraq's Leader

Between 2003 and 2004 Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher managed the impossible — keeping Paul Bremer, the de facto head of state for newly invaded Iraq alive through a violent insurgency. At times, it was a close-run thing. This was one of those times. — Ed. » 9/23/14 5:38pm 9/23/14 5:38pm

All Systems Are Go for This C-17 Pilot's Night of Iraqi Relief Flights

The U.S. Air Force and its allies have been regularly dropping humanitarian aid packages in support of towns and communities besieged by ISIS. On August 31st a USAF photographer captured this stunning image of Capt. Erica Stooksbury, of the the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepping her C-17 Globemaster for a… » 9/03/14 3:00pm 9/03/14 3:00pm

Who famously said "You don't introduce new products in August"?

Iraq Rebels Have Seized 88 Pounds of Uranium

According to Reuters, Iraq rebels have stolen 88 pounds of uranium compounds that were being used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul. » 7/10/14 6:20am 7/10/14 6:20am

The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is:… » 3/31/14 3:19pm 3/31/14 3:19pm

$1 Billion Iraqi Parliament Will Rise Over Saddam's Half-Built Mosque

The Architect's Journal reports that Zaha Hadid will be the architect of Iraq's future parliament building, confirming rumors that have swirled for months. The supremely expensive building is the London-based architect's third planned project in the country where she was born. » 11/15/13 1:40pm 11/15/13 1:40pm

A Company That Creates Fake Battles to Prepare Soldiers For Real War

Some might say that nothing can truly prepare one for the atrocities of war. From the chaos of screaming civilians and injured soldiers to the horror of exploding everything, the experience must be nothing short of horrific. And it's this Hollywood production company's job to reproduce it. » 10/10/13 11:02am 10/10/13 11:02am

The Pentagon's Putting Its Big Brother Data Collection in the Cloud

News emerged this week that the U.S. Army, which has been collecting biometric data of locals in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, is going to start storing that data in the cloud. Put simply, biometrics is the collection of personal, physical data using devices like retina scanners, and no matter what way you spin… » 5/31/13 10:20am 5/31/13 10:20am

Israel May Be Dropping Spies In Iran Using Secret American Stealth…

Former Pentagon senior policy analyst F. Michael Maloof claims that Israel is using the same ultra-secret stealth H-60 Blackhawk helicopter that US Special Forces used to hunt down bin Laden. How is this possible? » 5/17/12 4:20pm 5/17/12 4:20pm

The Sad Story of a Real Life R2-D2 Who Saved Countless Human Lives and…

Robots can't have feelings. But humans develop feelings for them. You know, like R2-D2 in Star Wars. Or like Scooby Doo, a real life small robot that saved the day 19 times. This is his single-tear story. » 12/28/11 2:00pm 12/28/11 2:00pm

The Time I Planted a Pipe Bomb Under Someone's Truck

I almost crash into a truck, at first. I can turn on a dime and accelerate like a tiny nitrous-oxide-fueled bat out of hell—even though I'm holding a 10-pound pipe bomb, 30 percent of my body weight. I don't know what I'm doing, really. But by the time I get to the truck to plant the bomb, it's easy. I know exactly… » 12/27/11 4:30pm 12/27/11 4:30pm

Meet the Real-Life War Machines

Like the prologue of any robopocalypse movie where the machines rise up to destroy us, most of the robots we hear about do things we could do, but don't want to. They mop our floors. They put together cars. They die for us. » 12/26/11 3:00pm 12/26/11 3:00pm

A Predator Drone Watches America Exit Iraq from Above

Have you heard? The war in Iraq is over! Pretty much. The humans are out—but the big robot eyes in the sky are going to stick around. Hey—here's a perfectly symbolic video! » 12/19/11 11:40am 12/19/11 11:40am

Drones Mean the Iraq War Is Never Over

Today, our president said every soldier in Iraq is coming home, leading many to believe The War Is Over. Except it's not. Getting humans out of there is great, but the fact is war today doesn't need humans at all. » 10/21/11 5:40pm 10/21/11 5:40pm

Laser Can Detect Roadside Bombs From a Distance

Scientists have a new laser sensor they say can detect roadside bombs, the cause of more than half the soldier deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq. » 9/19/11 2:20pm 9/19/11 2:20pm

Now Iraq Has a Fake Apple Store

This bodes well for Iraq's post-war recovery: the once-and-kind-of-still-ravaged nation is now doing well enough to boast counterfeit haute electronics stores in its malls. This one looks a little... off, though. » 8/31/11 9:20pm 8/31/11 9:20pm

The Army Didn't Bother Testing 5 Million Bulletproof Body Plates

When you're in a warzone, it's nice to take the slightest comfort in knowing that someone tested the armor you have strapped to your chest, crotch, and arms. But according to a new Pentagon report, the Army botched it hard. » 8/05/11 5:40pm 8/05/11 5:40pm

America's Battlefield Biometric Scanning Keeps Perfect Record of…

Distinguishing friend from foe has been one of the greater challenges through years of American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. But science fiction-worthy biometric scanning, the NYT reports, is changing the face of warfare, two irises at at ime. » 7/14/11 1:00pm 7/14/11 1:00pm

How Cellphone Jammers Are Helping Us Win the Iraq War

Danger Room has an awesomely comprehensive look at all the cell phone jammers the US military used during the Iraq War. Those jammers proved incredibly important in stripping insurgents of their most powerful weapon—the IED. » 6/14/11 3:30pm 6/14/11 3:30pm

Which of Us Dies First?

What follows is unedited. These are the words of Teru Kuwayama, a photographer who has been to some of the most dangerous places in the world, at some of the most dangerous times to be there, taking the pictures that allow us to imagine what it's like. He is currently leading the project basetrack, which tracks the… » 4/26/11 1:30pm 4/26/11 1:30pm