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] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/james-da) , the Metro editor for The New York Times.
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---In 2010, over the course of the year, James followed one battalion’s wrenching deployment to Afghanistan. [ Read the beginning of his reporting here] (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/world/27battalion.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .
---An exploration of how decisions weighed heavily on [ Adrian Bonenberger, a junior officer] (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/world/asia/21captain.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .
---In 2011, after a year in combat, there were many [ unexpected perils of coming home] (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/us/29soldiers.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .
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