War & Conflict

  • The Marines are looking for a few good (combat-ready) women
    Eighty-five female Marines made it through an infantry training course last fall. Now the Marines have a more ambitious plan.July 7, 2014
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: Adm. Mike Mullen on global leadership
    The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen says the American public and the military are tired of war, but the US must stay engaged in the world, using both diplomatic and military strategies.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, July 1, 2014
  • As ISIS advances, a question: What's a caliphate?
    On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria declared it was re-establishing a caliphate that will be headed by its shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader.July 1, 2014
  • Al-Qaida offshoot declares Islamic caliphate
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that's been leading an insurgency in Iraq, made a bold statement today: Its chief spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said the organization's Shura Council declared a new caliphate and declared the organization's extremist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the new Caliph.June 29, 2014
  • In US, Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty
    The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics pleaded not guilty to conspiracy Saturday in a federal courtroom in Washington.June 28, 2014
  • BBC Documentary: 'World War I: A Global Conflict'
    A BBC documentary to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. On June 28, 1914 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Bosnian Serb nationalist. Sixteen million people died in World War I, and 21 million more were wounded, in the "war to end all wars." Using rare archival material, Heather Jones explores how the war affected people all over the globe, and shows how its legacies endure.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 25, 2014
  • Amanda Lindhout on surviving brutal 15-month captivity in Somalia
    In her memoir, Amanda Lindhout recounts her experience as a young woman backpacking across the world and the 15 months she spent in captivity as a hostage in Somalia.The Daily Circuit, June 24, 2014
  • 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

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