Letter from Syria | TED

Syrian national Mahmoud Al Moufti describes the hopelessness of living in a country at war.

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In 2010 the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield in Afghanistan. In this excerpt from her book, Ashley’s War, writer Gayle Tzemach Lemmon shares the background that led to this game-changing decision.

The history of aerial bombing | ideas.ted.com

In 150 years, aerial bombing has almost never achieved its strategic goal: to kill morale. A study in the paradoxes of technological dystopianism.

Sebastian Junger's last patrol. | Photo: Guillermo Cervera/HBO | ideas.ted.com

Veterans often have a hard time returning to civilian life after war. Sebastian Junger offers a counterintuitive theory about why

“'Nothing replaces the loss of a son, not even another son.’

Safia Abo Zour, 25, holds her five-month-old baby, Mohammed, with one hand and holds with the other the sweater her older son, also named Mohammed, wore the last time he went to kindergarten. Mohammed had just turned four years old when he was killed during the second war in Gaza in 2011 after an airstrike on his family's house in the Al Zaitoun neigborhood. Safia named her new baby after his brother." -- Eman Mohammed

Portraits by photojournalist Eman Mohammed.

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago — by the man who cracked the Enigma code.

Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafic grew up in Sarajevo during the war. In this powerful Q&A, he explains why he obsessively takes pictures of rusty watches, broken glasses and old combs.