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Former U.S. Marine-Turned-Writer Returns To Iraq Over A Decade Later

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:47:00 -0400

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated former Marine who was an infantry officer in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. He just returned to Fallujah on assignment for Esquire magazine and tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about the changes in the city after it was liberated from ISIS. He also visited the front lines in the battle for Mosul.

Calif. National Guardsmen Wait For Resolution To Bonus Scandal

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

Members of Congress and veterans groups are outraged that the California National Guard is forcing thousands of veterans to pay back bonuses they might have been wrongfully paid during the Iraq War.

Kurdish Journalists, Embedded With Peshmerga, Live-Stream Mosul Battle

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

Renee Montagne talks to Hemin Lihony, head of digital media for Rudaw, a Kurdish network that's been live-streaming the battle for Mosul, Iraq.

Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:31:00 -0400

The Iraqi army is battling its way through villages south of Mosul. Residents who fled say some local tribes are still with ISIS, and will be ready to fight to the death.

Iraqi Fighters Continue Push Toward ISIS Held City Of Mosul

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:32 -0400

A coalition of various Iraqi fighters with assistance from the U.S. are continuing to push toward the ISIS held city of Mosul. Is the fight going according to plan? NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Jessica Lewis McFate, research director at the Institute for the Study of War, about how it is going so far.

Aid Workers Worry About Civilians Trapped In Mosul

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Renee Montagne talks to Save the Children's Ruaridh Villar about what he's seeing and hearing from Iraqis fleeing Mosul, and the surrounding areas following the offensive against the Islamic State.

The Dueling Narratives In The Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:15 -0400

In Iraq, the battle for control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, has been raging for almost a week. There are differing narratives coming from the Pentagon and the front lines.

The Next U.S. President Can Expect Weakened, But Still Lethal ISIS

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400

The Pentagon is predicting big victories soon over ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Even if that happens, the next U.S. leader will have figure out how to deal with a weakened, but still dangerous group.

Iraqi Forces Shaken By ISIS Resistance In Fight For Mosul

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:49:00 -0400

In the first week of an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, the effort is slow and fraught with danger. Officials say the operation's on track, soldiers say it's more difficult than they were expecting.

U.S. Service Member Killed By IED Was Helping Iraq In Push To Retake Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The Pentagon was expected Friday to announce the identity of an American service member killed in Iraq while helping to support the offensive against Mosul. NPR's Tom Bowman tells us more.

In Iraq, ISIS Attacks City Of Kirkuk As Battle For Mosul Rages

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:00 -0400

Militants struck police stations and a power station in the northern city. In Mosul, the U.N. says it is concerned ISIS may be using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces advance.

When Mosul's Cops Return, Will They Seek Reconciliation Or Revenge?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:52:00 -0400

The police force has regrouped outside the city and is eager to return and reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State. But some officers speak openly of their desire to settle scores.

Iraqi Forces Expected To Need Weeks To Free Mosul From ISIS Control

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Iraqi forces are pressing against the Islamic State to retake the city of Mosul. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Fazel Hawramy for an update.

Should Mosul Residents Flee The Fighting Or Hunker Down And Wait It Out?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:07:56 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Filippo Grandi, the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees, about whether it's safer for people to stay in Mosul as Iraqi forces try to wrest control of the city from ISIS.

David Petraeus On The Complexities Of Re-Taking And Stabilizing Mosul

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:07:00 -0400

The fight to regain Mosul from ISIS could take weeks or longer. Steve Inskeep talks to retired General David Petraeus about what Iraqi forces are contending with in Iraq's second largest city.