War & Conflict

  • Wis. National Guard's 'fun' photo with flag-draped coffin sparks outrage
    Two photos posted on Instagram by a member of the Wisconsin National Guard have caused an uproar on social media.February 18, 2014
  • America Abroad: Women's rights after the Arab Spring
    The revolutions of the Arab Spring promised greater freedoms for the people of the Middle East. But while some freedoms have been gained, stability has been lost. Hear from women in Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and from women who are leading or studying this change.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, February 11, 2014
  • Robert Gates speaking about his difficult years as Defense Secretary
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking about his controversial new book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," January 29, 2014 at the Reagan Presidential Library. He said he released the book before President Obama was out of office because he felt he had something important to say about the issues the country is facing today, not in 2017. Gates also discussed his private "frustration, disgust and anger" with Congress, and said many members of Congress put self before country.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, January 30, 2014
  • MN National Guard chief on continuing work in Afghanistan
    MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Major General Rick Nash, who's Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, about the future of the Minnesota National Guard in Afghanistan -- and beyond.January 29, 2014
  • Support our troops. Buy some beer?
    In a country where an ongoing war didn't even register a blip as an issue in two consecutive presidential elections, America's corporations have filled the vacuum by tying their products to Americans returning from a war observed by most Americans with magnets on their cars.January 28, 2014
  • Violence mars third anniversary of Egypt uprising
    Clashes nationwide killed at least 29 protesters, health officials said. The starkly contrasting scenes reflect the three years of turmoil Egypt has faced since the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution began and ultimately toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, replacing him with a transitional military council.January 25, 2014
  • Photos: Unrest rocks Ukraine as leader offers concessions
    President Viktor Yanukovych has promised a government reshuffle, an amnesty to detained activists and other concessions, after protests against his rule engulfed Ukraine.January 24, 2014
  • Russians fear a Sochi Olympics legacy of 'Black Widows,' not gold medals
    Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.January 24, 2014
  • South Sudan, rebels sign cease-fire
    The U.N. has warned of atrocities committed by both sides on the battlefield. The fighting has imperiled South Sudan's oil industry, after technical workers fled and rebel fighters took control of the fields for some time.January 23, 2014
  • '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

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