War & Conflict

  • The Cold War mole who helped East Germans escape
    When the East German government erected the Berlin Wall in 1961, it underestimated just how far some were willing to go to make it out. Perhaps no one went to greater lengths than the Berlin Wall "mole," Hasso Herschel, who is credited with helping more than 1,000 East Germans escape.November 9, 2014
  • Obama: Up to 1,500 more military personnel to Iraq
    The move is the latest U.S. attempt to counteract the extremist group ISIS, which which has recently made gains in Iraq and neighboring Syria.November 7, 2014
  • Michael Hurley on current terrorism threats
    One of the country's leading counter-terrorism experts is Minnesota native Michael Hurley, who gave a talk at the University of St. Thomas School of Law last week outlining the threats we face: the Islamic State, Al Qaida, and cyberterrorism threats to disrupt our critical infrastructure. Michael Hurley is a former CIA officer and co-author of the 9/11 Commission Report. He had a 25 year career with the CIA and spent 7 years on the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Hurley was on the National Security Council staff at the White House, and is now president of the consulting firm Team 3i.In a speech Oct. 28th at the University of St. Thomas, Michael Hurley outlined the biggest terrorism threats we face... and the competing national security and privacy concerns.November 5, 2014
  • Sweden recognizes Palestine, drawing sharp Israeli criticism
    Today's move by Sweden places the Scandinavian nation among more than 100 others that recognize a Palestinian state, though most Western nations still don't recognize Palestine.October 30, 2014
  • Somalia has first postal service in more than two decades
    This news comes after the first ATM was installed in Mogadishu earlier in October.The Daily Circuit, October 30, 2014
  • Reports: Russia suspected in White House network hack
    The Washington Post says that "suspicious activity" was detected on the unclassified Executive Office of the President computer network in recent weeks.October 29, 2014
  • US troops to face 21-day Ebola quarantine
    The move, which impacts all soldiers returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa, goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians.October 29, 2014
  • US beefs up security at some federal buildings
    Specific reasons for the new measures were not detailed because they are "law-enforcement sensitive," according to a Department of Homeland Security statement.October 29, 2014
  • 140 Minnesota National Guard troops welcomed home
    Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan also thanked the soldiers for their service.October 26, 2014
  • US Marines leave Afghanistan, along with British force
    The coalition base in southern Helmand Province was first established nearly 6 years ago.October 26, 2014
  • Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign
    The Marine was identified as 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal of Riverside, California.October 25, 2014
  • Ottawa attack was terrorism, Canadian PM says
    "We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed in a nationally televised address hours after a masked gunman opened fire.October 23, 2014
  • 3 Denver teens suspected of trying to join ISIS
    Police in Arapahoe County, Colo., had originally treated the girls' disappearance as a standard runaway case. The three girls are now home with their families.October 22, 2014
  • US and other nations pledge $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza
    The figure far surpasses an estimate from Palestinians who said the rebuilding project would cost $4 billion. U.S. officials had expressed doubt the meeting would yield that figure.October 12, 2014
  • Iraqis displaced by ISIS face another threat: Winter
    With winter approaching, the 1.8 million Iraqis displaced by forces of the extremist group, ISIS, face real danger with sub-zero temperatures.October 12, 2014

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