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Trapped Civilians Complicate U.S. Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

NPR's Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman explains U.S. and coalition efforts to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa and the ongoing fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul. Recent airstrikes in Mosul may have led to the deaths of more than one hundred civilians, including women and children.

Special Immigrant Visa Holders Still Face Questioning Upon Reaching U.S.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Visa holders who worked with the U.S. overseas say they've been detained and threatened with deportation upon arrival in the country, but federal officials say there is broad discretion to deny entry.

U.S. Says Its Mosul Airstrikes Hit Area Where Civilian Casualties Are Reported

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:16:00 -0400

As many as 200 civilians were reported killed in western Mosul, where a US-led coalition is fighting ISIS. It's not clear whether the rules of engagement have changed.

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:17:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting officials from 68 countries to discuss how best to take on ISIS. "As a coalition we are not in the business of nation-building or reconstruction," he said.

U.S.-Led Coalition Continues Fight To Retake Mosul From ISIS

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

ISIS's single largest stronghold was the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was where their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced the creation of what he called a caliphate in 2014. NPR takes a look at the coalition effort to retake the city.

A Front-Line View Of ISIS At War: 'They're Not Backing Down'

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:17:00 -0400

New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi was recently embedded with Iraqi troops fighting to liberate western Mosul from ISIS. She reports that the Islamic State looks "more fierce than ever."

Explosions in Damascus Target Shiites From Iraq, Kill At Least 40

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:46:00 -0500

The bombing, near a revered cemetery on the border of the old city of Damascus, appears to have targeted Shiite visitors from Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Iraqis React With Relief To Trump's New Order On Immigration

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:32:32 -0500

Iraqis say they are happy to hear they are no longer banned for travel to the U.S. and say their country succeeded in changing President Trump's mind.

Civilians Flee As Iraqi Army Battles Remaining ISIS Fighters In Mosul

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:08:00 -0500

The battle to force ISIS out of the Iraqi city is displacing thousands. Many describe terrible conditions in the city. "We ate flour mixed with dirty water," says a grandmother. "It made us sick."

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:59:00 -0500

As the war against ISIS enters a tough new phase, a visit with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, shows his coalition troops deeply involved in the fight.

Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:35:00 -0500

Inside western Mosul, a resident tells NPR that ISIS has forced residents to knock holes in their houses to create tunnels for the militants to use.

New Report Finds ISIS Territorial Defeats Are Also Hitting The Group's Wallet

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:57:00 -0500

The researchers found that ISIS took in approximately 50 percent less income last year than in 2014. That's because its financial fortunes are linked to the amount of territory it controls.

New Trump Adviser H.R. McMaster Faces An Old Challenge — Iraq

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:59:00 -0500

McMaster first made his name as a captain in Iraq in 1991. Then, in 2007 he was a key figure in the "surge." Now, 26 years after he first went to Iraq, he'll be seeking a solution in his new post.

Defense Secretary James Mattis: 'We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:17:00 -0500

In an unannounced visit, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with allies' faith in the U.S. at a low.