Tom Bowman

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Saving 6-Year-Old Ameera, Shot In An Afghan Firefight

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

With fewer U.S. troops, there's less need to treat combat trauma at the Bagram Airfield hospital. But civilian casualties continue. A surgeon at Bagram has been trying to save an injured girl's leg.


With Mansour Dead, Taliban Must Select A New Leader

Monday, May 23, 2016

U.S. drones killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour in a remote area of Pakistan over the weekend. The death that was confirmed by President Obama and Afghan intelligence.


U.S. Service Member Killed As ISIS Attacks Iraqi Kurdish Forces

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

An American service member was killed on Tuesday after an ISIS attack broke through Iraqi Kurdish defensive lines north of the city of Mosul. Kurdish Peshmerga troops also were killed and wounded. The U.S. responded with air support to beat back the attack, but fighting continued in an offensive the U.S. says was an attempt by ISIS to "show its teeth."


U.S. Releases Final Report On Deadly Hospital Attack In Afghanistan

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Pentagon released its final report into what it called the accidental destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed more than 40 people. More than a dozen troops were disciplined, but none are facing courts-martial or other punishment beyond reprimands expected to end their careers.


Pentagon To Send Additional 250 Special Forces Troops To Syria

Monday, April 25, 2016

President Obama announced he will send additional U.S. special operations forces to Syria. The announcement comes at a time when ISIS's foothold on the region is, reportedly, weakening.


Pentagon: Troops To Be Close To Iraqi Front Lines In Fight Against ISIS

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Pentagon has authorized more than 200 additional troops for duty in Iraq to fight ISIS, specifically focused on retaking Mosul. They will be trainers, attack helicopter crews and artillery crews.


Because Of ISIS, Pentagon Rethinks Deployments To Sinai Peninsula

Thursday, April 14, 2016

For decades, U.S. and international troops have deployed to the Sinai Peninsula as part of a peace deal between Egypt and Israel. The Pentagon wonders whether these deployments make sense anymore.


U.S. Navy Officer Involved With China Surveillance Charged With Espionage

Monday, April 11, 2016

The U.S. Navy charged an officer who was involved with the surveillance of China with espionage, alleging he divulged secret information that could hurt the security of the U.S. Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin is being held in pre-trail confinement as the Navy and FBI investigate the case.


Donald Trump Highlights Debate Over NATO's Relevancy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Donald Trump called for the U.S. to pull back its support of NATO, complaining the allies are not pulling their weight. Trump has raised an issue that has been bubbling for sometime. Defense Secretaries Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel all complained about NATO. NPR talks with analysts about this issue and explores whether NATO is still relevant.


Marines Gear Up For Women In Combat, But Will They Sign Up?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Women can now apply for ground combat positions in the Marines, and training female recruits for those jobs will begin in June. But so far, no women have signed up.


U.S. Defense Secretary Says Top ISIS Leader Has Been Killed

Friday, March 25, 2016

American special operations troops have killed a top ISIS leader, the Pentagon says. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday Haji Iman was just one in a number of leaders who have been killed by American raids or airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Administration leaders are keen to show the U.S. is leaning forward in its war on ISIS following this week's deadly attacks in Brussels.


Trump Says He Will Release National Security Advisers List

Friday, March 18, 2016

Donald Trump's primary successes are bringing new attention to an area on which he has not focused during the campaign: national security.


U.S. Hopes ISIS Prisoner Will Lead Americans To Chemical Weapons

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Pentagon hopes an ISIS chemical weapons engineer captured in Iraq last month will lead U.S. troops to possible weapons sites and help prevent chemical attacks by the Islamic State.

Defense officials hope that Sleiman Daoud al-Afari will help them find storage sites for chemical munitions including mustard agent, which ...


Russia's Air Campaign In Syria May Be Hurting Anti-ISIS Campaign

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Perhaps the biggest question about the efforts to bring a pause in the fighting in Syria is: Have Russian air strikes emboldened the Syrian regime so much that it doesn't want to stop fighting?


U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS Training Camp In Libya

Friday, February 19, 2016

American warplanes destroyed an ISIS training camp in Libya early Friday after weeks of clandestine observation of how it grew and operated. The attack highlights the expansion of the...


U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Target In Libya

Friday, February 19, 2016

American defense officials said Friday that U.S. planes hit an Islamic State training camp and a senior extremist leader in Libya overnight. As many as 60 people were killed.


As Negotiations Continue, Hopes For Cease-Fire In Syria Dwindle

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The great powers negotiated what they called a cessation of hostilities in Syria, but what has that actually meant for U.S. military operations and the conduct of the wider conflict? ...


Pentagon Launches Pilot Program For Military Women

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Pentagon is launching a pilot program to freeze troops' sperm or eggs as part of widespread reforms to personnel policies across the force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he wa...


Libyan Journalist: People In Benghazi 'Divided' Over How To Stop ISIS

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Omar al-Mosmary, a Libyan journalist based in Benghazi, about how life there is impacted by the Islamic State and other violent factions. He says half t...


House Panel To Get An Update On Security In Afghanistan

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is set to appear before a House panel on Tuesday for what's expected to be a contentious report about the progress of the war.