War & Conflict

  • Minn. National Guard soldiers return from Afghanistan
    President Barack Obama last week laid out a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan. The president wants to keep 9,800 troops there after combat missions end later this year before completely leaving the country in 2016. About 162 Minnesota guardsmen are still serving in the country.June 5, 2014
  • Remembering D-Day, 70 years later
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most important events of the 20th century.... the Allied landing at Normandy, France. "D-Day," on June 6th, 1944 was the largest amphibious landing in history. Eleven thousand ships and landing craft delivered 176,000 Allied troops across the English Channel, landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast. It marked the first step in the long Allied campaign during World War II to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. It took a horrendous toll, on both sides. This hour, we remember D-Day.... and what followed AFTER the landing. We hear from the late World War II historian Stephen Ambrose and begin this hour with a National Public Radio documentary about D-Day, produced by Nina Ellis and Margaret West. It's titled, "D-Day Diary" and was originally broadcast on June 6th, 1994.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 5, 2014
  • America Abroad: The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military
    From PRI's "America Abroad" series: As America withdraws troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of the military, some worry that America's leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies will erode. President Obama wants to pivot military attention to Asia, but announced this week in Poland the US will boost its military presence in Europe. How are America's defense budget cuts being perceived around the world?Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, June 4, 2014
  • Did Obama make right call in POW deal?
    "Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity," President Obama said at a news conference. "We don't condition that." He said the U.S. has a "sacred" obligation to not leave service members behind.June 4, 2014
  • Taliban video shows handover of US soldier
    The 17-minute video emailed to media, shows the moment of Bergdahl's handover. He was freed on Saturday after five years in captivity, and exchanged for the five Taliban Guantanamo detainees who were flown to Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab country which has served as a mediator in the negotiations for the swap.June 4, 2014
  • Should the U.S. release prisoners in exchange for our soldiers?
    Now that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is out of Taliban control after spending nearly five years in captivity, there's growing concern about the strategy of prisoner swaps.The Daily Circuit, June 3, 2014
  • US wasn't sure of POW Bergdahl's release until final moments
    According to a State Department official directly involved in the negotiations in Doha, U.S. officials who had holed up in the embassy for three straight days thought the final days of negotiations with the Taliban's political leadership, through Qatari intermediaries, had gone pretty smoothly. But uncertainties remained.June 3, 2014
  • Bergdahl no pal to former Minnesota soldier
    The need to exchange five allegedly dangerous detainees in for Bowe Bergdahl is becoming more mysterious with each hour since the weekend exchange with the Taliban. It's not often the yellow ribbons go up for someone being increasingly described by former colleagues as a "deserter."June 3, 2014
  • Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker
    Obama said in his foreign policy speech last week that the prime threat comes not from al-Qaida's core leadership, but from affiliates and extremists with their sights trained on targets in the Middle East and Africa, where they are based.June 1, 2014
  • Who are the five Guantanamo detainees released in prisoner swap?
    As part of a prisoner swap to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the United States agreed to transfer five Guantanamo detainees to Qatar. NPR's Tom Bowman received a list of the prisoners being released from a Pentagon official. According to documents leaked to the organization WikiLeaks, all five prisoners were high-ranking Taliban officials.May 31, 2014
  • Taliban release US soldier taken hostage in 2009
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the final remaining captured American soldier from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been released after almost five years of being held captive by the Afghan Taliban, the White House said on Saturday.May 31, 2014
  • In India, fifth person arrested in gang rape, murder case
    The two girls, ages 14 and 15, were killed and then hanged from a tree in a village more than 100 miles east of New Delhi. The case sparked demonstrations against what villagers perceived was official inaction.May 31, 2014
  • What Ukraine's election means for region's unrest
    Ukraine elected Petro O. Poroshenko, a pro-European billionaire, as its next president this weekend.The Daily Circuit, May 28, 2014
  • Obama plans to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan past 2014
    The number is in line with what military officials had asked for. The United States will end America's longest-running war in 2014 and expects most of the residual force out of the country by 2016.May 27, 2014
  • Across the US and Minnesota, bowed heads of thanks on Memorial Day
    President Barack Obama, who just returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history. He called them "patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice" for their country.May 26, 2014

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