War & Conflict

  • 'They got ambushed,' in Afghanistan, mom of Minnesota Guardsman says
    Kim Schwich says her son Robbie Sheets, of Litchfield, was among the wounded. She talked to him on Monday, and he told her he'd been shot in the back and legs in the attack at a forward operating base.January 23, 2014
  • 5 Minnesota Guard members injured in Afghanistan
    The five members are from the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based in Litchfield, a spokesman said.January 22, 2014
  • Hunting for a 'Black Widow' in Sochi
    "She was reportedly spotted in downtown Sochi, which is supposed to be under heavy security in the run-up to the Winter Games. It wasn't clear how the woman was able to get through the security cordon around the city, or why police have been unable to locate her," NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.January 21, 2014
  • As Iran shuts down nuclear units, US eases sanctions
    Iran's move was part of a landmark deal struck late last year with the U.S., five other world powers and the European Union to ease concerns over Tehran's nuclear program and provide for the partial removal of some of the economic sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.January 20, 2014
  • 21 killed In Kabul restaurant attack
    A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.January 18, 2014
  • Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says
    The Senate report spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.January 15, 2014
  • Gates says he wept each evening over troops' deaths
    The ex-Pentagon chief also fears extended tours of duty contributed to a rise in military suicides.January 13, 2014
  • America Abroad: Syria and the Responsibility to Protect
    From the America Abroad series, a special report on the violent upheaval in Syria. More than 100,000 people have died, and millions are refugees. In advance of next week's scheduled peace talks in Geneva, this report considers whether, or how, the US should intervene.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, January 13, 2014
  • U.N. stopped counting, but Syrians keep dying
    It's not just President Bashar Assad's government army versus the rebels. The rebels are also battling rebels, and civilians are often the casualties, including a male nurse from Aleppo.January 12, 2014
  • Gates takes aim at Obama in new book
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a book due out later this month, describes President Obama as "a man of personal integrity" who nonetheless was skeptical of his administration's "surge" strategy in Afghanistan and openly distrustful of the military leadership.January 8, 2014
  • First batch of chemical weapons taken out of Syria
    The operation at Syria's port of Latakia took place against the backdrop of a widening civil war and escalating infighting between a chaotic mix of Syrian rebel brigades and an al-Qaida linked militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.January 7, 2014
  • Army takes on its own toxic leaders
    Why have so many soldiers committed suicide in recent years? The Army is looking beyond post-traumatic stress and asking whether bad commanders and destructive leadership is taking its toll.January 6, 2014
  • Gen. Ray Odierno LIVE at National Press Club
    General Ray Odierno, US Army Chief of Staff, answers questions from the National Press Club. The commanding general in the Iraq War is expected to address the rise of Al Qaida-linked militia actions in Iraq cities, and the future role of the US military there and throughout the world. He'll also address sex assaults in the military and women in combat, among other topics.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, January 6, 2014
  • The top world risks of 2014
    The Eurasia Group, a global political consulting firm, publishes an annual list of top risk spots to watch around the world.The Daily Circuit, January 6, 2014
  • What did Americans die for in Iraq?
    Away from the attention of most of the domestic news media, Iraq is taking more steps toward all-out civil war.January 6, 2014

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