This episode contains strong language and scenes of war that some may find distressing.
In 2010, James Dao, then a military affairs reporter for The New York Times, began following a battalion of U.S. soldiers headed for Afghanistan.
Two soldiers caught his attention: Adrian Bonenberger, a single, 32-year-old captain, and Tamara Sullivan, a 30-year-old sergeant and mother of two.
As President Biden prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this fall, we revisit those interviews and follow up with the two soldiers.
Guest: James Dao, a National editor for The New York Times.
- In 2010, over the course of the year, James followed one battalion’s wrenching deployment to Afghanistan. Read the beginning of his reporting here.
- An exploration of how decisions weighed heavily on Adrian Bonenberger, a junior officer.
- In 2011, after a year in combat, there were many unexpected perils of coming home.
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