As a Marine, Elliot Ackerman served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. And he’s dedicated his post-military career to understanding conflict in the places he fought. He joins Courtney Collins to talk about the people he met upon returning to the Middle East – some of whom were once his adversaries. His new book is called “Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning” (Penguin Press).
Members of the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division listen as gunfire erupts during a joint operation with the Iraqi army in the town of Buhriz, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Lauren Frayer/AP Photo