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August 31, 2012 6 Comments

Casualties Of War: Brian And Alex Arredondo

You could say that a Massachusetts father, Carlos Arredondo, lost two sons to the war in Iraq. His son Alexander was killed there in 2004 and last year his son Brian, who fell into depression after his brother died, killed himself.

March 9, 2012 6 Comments

Retired General: U.S. Abandoned Iranian Dissidents Held In Iraq

Thousands of Iranians bent on overthrowing the current Iranian regime are being held in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad. A retired Army General says the U.S. had promised to protect them. But since Iraqis assumed control of the camp, dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded.

December 26, 2011 2 Comments

Iraqis In The US Reflect On The War’s End

This month marked the end to U.S. operations in Iraq. But some Iraqis say the war isn’t over for them. Today we get the view of the war from two Iraqis living in the U.S.

December 23, 2011 Comment

Military Family Together For Christmas, But War Stays With Them

For the first time in three years, the Nordman family is spending Christmas all together after Sgt. Jim Nordman returned home from Iraq in November.

December 22, 2011 Comment

A Mother Reflects On Losing Her Son In Iraq

Mother Debbie Newhouse’s son Nick was killed in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005. She writes that she has mixed feelings about the end of the war.

December 22, 2011 Comment

A Poet Of The Iraq War Reflects On Its End

Poet and veteran Brian Turner recently went back to Baghdad and met with Iraqi artists, who he says “see the guns and the tanks… come and they’re wondering where is another part of the conversation, a dialogue in art.”

December 22, 2011 Comment

Wave Of Bombings Hits Baghdad, Over 60 Dead

At least 14 coordinated bombings have struck neighborhoods around Baghdad. The bombings come just days after the last American troops left the country.

December 20, 2011 18 Comments

Looking Back On The Iraq War, After Losing A Son There

About a week before he was killed in Iraq, Pfc. John Hart called his parents and said he was concerned because soldiers didn’t have enough protection. His parents’ efforts to help came too late for John, but have saved the lives of others.

December 19, 2011 4 Comments

The End Of America’s Great Expectations

As part of our series of conversations about the end of the war in Iraq, we hear from an Army veteran and longtime critic of the Iraq War, whose son was killed in the war.

December 15, 2011 2 Comments

As US Ends Iraq War, A Look At Haditha Massacre

As the Iraq War ends, The New York Times probes one of the darkest days of the war, the massacre by U.S. Marines of two dozen Iraqis in Haditha in 2005.

December 15, 2011 4 Comments

A Marine’s View Of Iraq War Ending

Seth Moulton served four tours in Iraq and he writes, “For all of us who fought so hard… it is hard to see America give up.”

December 15, 2011 8 Comments

Iraq War Reflections

As the Iraq War comes to a close, what do you think our legacy there will be?

November 29, 2011 Comment

Journalist Greg Jaffe On The Divide Between Soldiers And Civilians

Reporter Greg Jaffe recently visited Fort Hood in Texas. “These places are almost like little gated cities,” he says.

November 15, 2011 Comment

What Kind Of Iraq Will Americans Leave Behind?

U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year, and there’s a wide range of opinions within the country about whether that’s a good idea.

October 21, 2011 Comment

President Obama: Troops In Iraq Will Be ‘Home For The Holidays’

President Barack Obama announced Friday that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

October 10, 2011 18 Comments

10 Years Into Afghan War, National Guard Sees Bigger Role

The National Guard helps out with disaster response in the U.S., but they also see combat– almost half of the U.S. fighting force in Iraq and Afghanistan is National Guard, and they’ve historically been involved in wars.

September 6, 2011 2 Comments

Assessing The Full Cost Of War

A new account says fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan could eventually cost $4 trillion. Economists say that money could have created more jobs if spent on education, health care or infrastructure.

August 15, 2011 2 Comments

New Wave Of Violence Sweeps Iraq

A new wave of violence ripped through Iraq today, killing nearly 60 people. The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction says Iraq is more dangerous today than it was a year ago.

August 11, 2011 Comment

Court Says Rumsfeld Can Be Sued

American citizens don’t lose their Constitutional rights just because there’s a war on according to rulings by federal judges in cases against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

June 30, 2011 Comment

Soldier-Turned-Poet Returns To Baghdad

The last time Brian Turner was in Iraq he was part of the U.S. military mission to topple Saddam Hussein. In December of last year, Turner, who has become an award-winning poet in his post-military days, went back to Bagdhad.

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August 21 20 Comments

The Challenges Of Recruiting An All-Volunteer Army

The Army is meeting its targets, but the man who runs recruiting says finding qualified candidates in the 17 to 24 age group can be difficult.

August 21 Comment

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

"Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?" Kinan Azmeh asks. "Of course it doesn't. But... it can inspire."

August 20 Comment

James Foley Remembered For His ‘Extraordinary Courage’

U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of the American journalist.

August 20 6 Comments

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

The change in the school district's policy is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.