Today’s Times features a must-read article by CJ Chivers: the story of an American platoon’s ambush of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. War reporting—not to mention narrative journalism—at its best.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.