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
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
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