Mark Bowden, chronicler of our military and special forces, gives the account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, he tells the story in The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight al Qaeda, how the right weapon to go after bin Laden evolved, how intelligence led to a compound in Abbottabad, and how the Navy SEALS carried out their mission.
Thursday morning marks the 200th anniversary of the start of The Mexican War for Independence, the conflict that ultimately led to the end of Spanish colonial rule over Mexico. Unfortunately, even as last-minute preparations for a massive commemorative celebration in the capital wrap up, persistent drug-related violence continues to temper optimism over Mexico’s stability.