How U.S. Troops Were Harmed By Firing Their Own Guns

By Dave Philipps, Matthew Callahan, Rebecca Suner and Ruru KuoNovember 13, 2023

A secret U.S. offensive in 2016 and 2017 used an unusual strategy to fight the Islamic State: Put a minimal number of American troops on the ground and have them pound the enemy with artillery fire. What no one foresaw was the toll it would take on the troops who did the firing.