Tom Bowman http://ripr.org en For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria http://ripr.org/post/photos-syria-may-show-killing-industrial-scale <em>Warning: This report contains descriptions and an image that could disturb some readers.</em><p>The savage and protracted conflict in Syria has left more than 170,000 dead. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37436 at http://ripr.org For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://ripr.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37302 at http://ripr.org U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://ripr.org/post/us-intelligence-tracking-what-happened-flight-mh17 Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37139 at http://ripr.org In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://ripr.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37061 at http://ripr.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://ripr.org/post/marines-are-looking-few-good-combat-ready-women The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.<p>And here's where things stand in the Marines.<p>Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=239534349" target="_blank">infantry training course</a> last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 36313 at http://ripr.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military http://ripr.org/post/whats-behind-collapse-iraqs-military Rick Brennan remembers sitting around Baghdad back in 2011 with some fellow U.S. military planners. Talk turned to the Iraqi army of the future. In one scenario, they pictured the Iraqi army falling apart, splintering along ethnic lines.<p>"We painted a worst-case scenario, a nightmare scenario, that was exactly what we're seeing take place right now," Brennan says.<p>What's taking place right now is an Iraqi army under attack by the Islamist militants of ISIS, who are capturing cities in Iraq's north and west. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 35720 at http://ripr.org U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity http://ripr.org/post/under-attack-isis-iraq-agrees-give-us-troops-immunity Remember last week when President Obama said <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322451204/militant-group-advances-in-iraq-taking-northern-iraqi-town">he planned to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq</a>?<p>Well, the U.S. couldn't do it until the Iraqi government gave U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, through what's called a "diplomatic note." If those U.S. soldiers committed any crimes or had any legal troubles while advising Iraqis, the U.S. wanted to handle any prosecutions.<p>Here's what Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 35642 at http://ripr.org Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity In Obama's Iraq Plan, An Answer That Breeds More Questions http://ripr.org/post/obamas-iraq-plan-answer-breeds-more-questions President Obama says that up to 300 U.S. military personnel will be heading to Iraq to advise Iraqi forces, not to serve in combat. But the proposal raises more questions: Will those U.S. forces heading out with Iraqi troops be armed? What are the rules of engagement? And how long will they stay? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 35543 at http://ripr.org Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq? http://ripr.org/post/obama-rules-out-ground-troops-what-else-can-us-do-iraq President Obama said that he will help the Iraqi military break the momentum of the militants on the march to Baghdad. The Pentagon said that one possible option could include airstrikes. But the president said that any military help must include political solutions from the Iraqi government, which has helped fuel the unrest by failing to reach out to its Sunni minority. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 35157 at http://ripr.org Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire http://ripr.org/post/green-berets-are-killed-possible-case-friendly-fire Five U.S. soldiers have been killed recently in Afghanistan, the result of what might have been friendly fire from an American airplane. The deaths, if confirmed, would constitute the worst case of friendly fire in the war so far. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 34957 at http://ripr.org