Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman appears in the following:

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday.


Details Emerge About U.S. Plans To Fight ISIS In Iraq

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The U.S. has secured commitments from some Arab nations and allies to cooperate in the battle against the militant group known as the Islamic State.


Far From The Battlefield, U.S. Troops Will Assist Iraqi Forces

Friday, September 12, 2014

President Obama will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to train, assist and advise Iraqi forces on the fight against militants in the Islamic State. But they will not be involved in combat.


Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.


Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.


With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.


With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.


U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Obama administration's admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.


U.S. Response In Iraq: From Emergency Solution To Slate Of Paths Forward

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The U.S. has begun sending humanitarian aid and conducting limited airstrikes in the attempt to protect Iraq's refugee populations. Going forward, the U.S. is facing several possible approaches there.


U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Iraqi Militants, With Narrow Aims

Friday, August 08, 2014

U.S. jet fighters have commenced airstrikes against the Islamist militant group known as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, American cargo planes have also begun humanitarian airdrops to support a minority religious community now surrounded by the group in the mountains of northern Iraq.


Obama Authorizes Targeted Strikes In Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian supplies to thousands of Iraqis trapped on a mountain by militants from the Islamic State. President Obama authorized airstrikes if they become necessary.


U.S. Considers Taking To Air To Aid Iraqis Marooned On Mountaintop

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The White House is considering several military options to address an emergency humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. The administration may approve either air strikes or airdrops of food and medicine to help tens of thousands of refugees stranded on a mountaintop.


During His First Combat Deployment, U.S. General Is Killed

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A machine gun attack by a man wearing an Afghan military uniform killed a U.S. 2-star U.S. Army general on Tuesday. Major General Harold Greene was killed at a coalition training facility in Kabul.


Victim Of Insider Attack, Gen. Harold Greene Was An Engineer By Training

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

NPR has confirmed that U.S. Army Major Gen. Harold Greene was killed in Tuesday's "green-on-blue" attack in Afghanistan. It was his first deployment to the country.


For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The ex-military photographer known only as Caesar took some of the images, which show thousands of dead regime opponents. Syria says they're fake; U.S. officials say they may be proof of war crimes.


Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Friday, July 25, 2014

The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.


U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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.


In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone

Monday, July 21, 2014

President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. It's the nation's highest medal for valor. Pitts single-handedly fought off a Taliban assault in Afghanistan back in 2008.


The American Adviser's Quandary: What More Can Be Done In Iraq?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A recent American assessment of Iraq's military has come to some bleak conclusions. What more can U.S. advisers offer an Iraqi security force they have already spent years training?


The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Marines will be required to open ground combat jobs to women in 2016. Now more than 160 female Marines have volunteered for a grueling training course that will determine their readiness.