War & Conflict

  • Iraq at risk again: How did we get here so fast?
    It's crumbling so quickly: Just 2 1/2 years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. There were plenty of warnings, of course. Here's a look at how we got here:June 23, 2014
  • UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million
    At the end of last year, 51.2 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide, the highest figure of displacement since World War II, said the UNHCR.June 20, 2014
  • Obama: US forces won't return to combat in Iraq crisis
    President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.June 19, 2014
  • US weighs pressing Iraq leader to step down
    In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq's stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a civil war.June 19, 2014
  • As unrest continues, militants take Iraq's largest oil refinery
    As ISIS gains more traction in Iraq, we'll look at the possible role of America in the conflict and the potential consequences.The Daily Circuit, June 19, 2014
  • What's next for Iraq?
    The drama seemed to erupt out of nowhere as Islamist extremists captured Mosul, one of the country's largest and most important cities, and kept pushing south toward the capital Baghdad. In reality, this crisis was years in the making in a country where the three main groups, the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Kurds, have never really made peace with each other. So what's likely to happen? Here are some of the key things to watch.June 18, 2014
  • Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery as sectarian clashes spread
    The Sunni militant group that has stormed across Iraq invaded the country's largest oil refinery today, hitting it with mortars. The government is using limited air attacks to strike back at ISIS, which now controls large areas of Iraq's north.June 18, 2014
  • FBI chief: Americans fighting in Syria not just a Mpls. problem
    Nine months into the job, the head of the FBI says the trend of young Americans going to Syria to fight with extremist groups keeps him up at night.June 17, 2014
  • US captures suspected ringleader of attack in Benghazi
    The United States says it has captured a militant suspected of leading the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.June 17, 2014
  • ISIS rebels drive closer to Baghdad; US considers options
    The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is tightening control of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, attacking the strategic city of Baqouba, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. The U.S. is sending up to 275 military personnel to bolster its embassy in the capital; President Obama is also reportedly weighing air strikes.June 17, 2014
  • More US troops to Iraq; special forces considered
    President Barack Obama notified Congress Monday that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. About 170 of those forces have already arrived and another 100 soldiers be on standby in a nearby country until they are needed, a U.S. official said.June 16, 2014
  • Journalists James Fallows and Kelly McEvers speak at WPI
    Award-winning journalists James Fallows of the Atlantic and Kelly McEvers of NPR give keynote addresses about the role of journalism and their experiences covering a variety of cultures and situations around the world. They spoke in St. Paul at the World Press Institute's 50th Anniversary Celebration, June 13-14, 2014.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 16, 2014
  • The latest on militant violence in Iraq
    Marina Ottaway, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, joins The Daily Circuit to give us the latest update.The Daily Circuit, June 16, 2014
  • US open to talks with Iran over Iraq
    Kerry said Washington is "open to discussions" with Tehran if the Iranians can help end the violence and restore confidence in the Iraqi government.June 16, 2014
  • Pakistan launches ground offensive against Taliban
    Pakistan has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan, mobilizing some 70,000 soldiers and launching air attacks against insurgents in the region.June 15, 2014

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