War & Conflict

  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq
    The weapons appeared to be coming through intelligence agencies covertly and not through regular Defense Department channels.August 11, 2014
  • Israel, Hamas agree to more talks as truce appears to hold
    A 72-hour truce, mediated by Egypt, between Israel and Hamas that began shortly after midnight today appeared to hold but the two sides seemed no closer to a settlement to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip that has left nearly 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers, dead.August 11, 2014
  • Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire proposal
    Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives.August 10, 2014
  • Ukraine rebels reportedly make cease-fire offer
    Karoun Demirjian, reporting for NPR from St. Petersburg, Russia, says the cease-fire offer comes during a week when Russian officials called for humanitarian intervention in eastern Ukraine - something Ukraine's government says is unnecessary.August 9, 2014
  • Obama: Airstrikes have destroyed arms, equipment
    The president said humanitarian efforts continue to airdrop food and water to persecuted religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop, and he said planning was underway for how to get them down.August 9, 2014
  • FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq
    The ban applies to all U.S.-registered planes except those operated by foreign carriers and to FAA-licensed pilots.August 8, 2014
  • The latest on the U.S. airstrikes into Iraq
    The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out and hit Islamic militants if they threaten U.S. interests or the thousands of refugees who fled to a mountaintop.The Daily Circuit, August 8, 2014
  • U.S. bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens
    Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.August 8, 2014
  • Obama authorizes renewed airstrikes in Iraq: 'America is coming to help'
    In a televised late-night statement from the White House, the president also said American military forces had already carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities desperately in need of food and water.August 8, 2014
  • Text of Obama's statement on airstrikes
    The president authorizes U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and airdrops of humanitarian aid for Iraqi religious minorities.August 8, 2014
  • US weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq
    Airstrikes in particular would mark a significant shift in the U.S. strategy in Iraq, where the military fully withdrew in late 2011 after nearly a decade of war.August 7, 2014
  • Iraqi militants seize country's largest dam
    There are also fears the militants could release the waters of the dam and devastate the country all the way down to the capital Baghdad, though maintaining the dam's power and water supplies will be key to their attempts to build a state.August 7, 2014
  • The murky motives of the Afghan soldier who shot a US general
    The Afghan soldier who fatally shot a U.S. major general on Tuesday had no sympathy for the Taliban, and his motives for the shooting are far from clear, according to his fellow soldiers.August 7, 2014
  • In retaliation, Russia bans some food imports from US, Europe
    The list shows that President Vladimir Putin has "no intention of bowing to Western pressure over Ukraine and will instead try to strike back at the West."August 7, 2014
  • BBC 'War, Lies and Audiotape' Vietnam War documentary
    On the 50th anniversary of overwhelming Congressional passage of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, August 7th 1964, a BBC documentary featuring archival audio of President Johnson and his advisors discussing the complicated and controversial decision to announce an "unprovoked attack" on American ships and the retaliatory strike that followed. President Johnson said "we seek no wider war," but a much wider war followed.August 6, 2014

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