Tom Bowman

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U.S. Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used In Combat

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The U.S. on Thursday released one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs ever built — the 22,000 pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon — against ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan. It marked the first use of this weapon but was not expected to bring the end of the conflict any closer.


U.S. Soldier's Death Highlights Threat Of ISIS In Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An American soldier was killed fighting ISIS over the weekend in Afghanistan. NPR takes a look at how serious the ISIS threat is there and how it fits into the wider conflict between American forces, their Afghan allies and anti-government insurgents and terrorists.


News Brief: U.S. Strategy On Assad Lacks Details, North Korea Aggression

Monday, April 10, 2017

The White House is sending mixed messages about how to handle Syria's president. And, a U.S. Navy group is moving toward the Korean peninsula as concerns mount over the north's missile program.


How The Syria Strikes Affect Relations With Russia

Friday, April 07, 2017

President Trump ordered airstrikes against an air base in Syria Thursday. It could alter relations with Bashar Assad's backer, Russia.


U.S. Launches Airstrikes At Syrian Air Base

Friday, April 07, 2017

The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian military air base in what President Trump called a response to a chemical attack on civilians by the regime of Bashar Assad.


Trump Orders Syria Airstrikes After 'Assad Choked Out The Lives' Of Civilians

Thursday, April 06, 2017

U.S. officials said that more than 50 Tomahawk missile strikes were carried out against a single Syrian air base from the USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean.


Morning News Brief: Chemical Attack In Syria, China's President In The U.S., Beyonce

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A roundup of news: President Trump condemns the apparent chemical attack in Syria, China's president will visit Trump Thursday and Friday at his Florida resort, and Beyonce releases a new video.


Defense Secretary Expresses Concern Over Russian Support For Taliban

Friday, March 31, 2017

Russia has begun supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan against U.S. forces and the government in Kabul. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned in London that the U.S. is "concerned" about this support, first revealed earlier this year, as it weighs the next phase of its approach to the longest-running war in American history.


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

Monday, March 27, 2017

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.


Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The U.S. considers deploying hundreds more American troops to Syria in the final phase of the war against ISIS — one that could reshape borders and relationships in the Middle East.


Top Marine Testifies Before Congress On Nude-Photo Scandal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Senators excoriated Navy Department witnesses, including the commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps, over an online ring in which service members shared explicit photos of their female colleagues. The Pentagon is investigating a scandal that now appears to go beyond just the Marine Corps as first believed.


Trump's New National Security Adviser Is Known For Speaking His Mind

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After the resignation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump has picked three-star Army Gen. H.R. McMaster to be national security adviser. He's known as an intellectual military strategist.


Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Silver Star recipient is a three-star Army general known as a military intellectual. The president called him "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."


Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Named Acting National Security Adviser

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

President Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned amid allegations he inappropriately talked about U.S. sanctions in December with a Russian official.


FACT CHECK: Trump's Yemen Raid — 'Winning Mission' Or 'Failure'? It's Not So Simple

Friday, February 10, 2017

President Trump tweeted criticism of Sen. John McCain, who called the Yemen raid a "failure." Trump said McCain "doesn't know how to win anymore" and called it a "winning mission." But is that true?


General Requests Thousands More Troops To Break Afghanistan 'Stalemate'

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, tells the Senate that the U.S.-led mission is in a "stalemate." He says the Taliban gained 15 percent more ground in 2016 and that "a few thousand" more NATO trainers are needed.


Yemen Aftermath: Trump's First Military Raid Continues To Raise Questions

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Witnesses tell NPR about the raid, the military's first under President Trump. It resulted in deaths of a Navy SEAL and civilians. A CENTCOM investigation is underway, but similar raids could follow.


U.S. Acknowledges Death Of Civilians In Yemen Raid

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The U.S. military has acknowledged that civilians were killed in last weekend's special operations raid in Yemen. Other questions continue to swirl, however, including whether American forces' surprise was blown and whether their target was indeed an al-Qaida terrorist as they believed.


Security Roundup: Yemen Raid; National Security Council Shakeup

Monday, January 30, 2017

A U.S. serviceman was killed in the raid that also killed some 14 al-Qaida terrorists. News of the raid followed orders from the White House, including one that changed the National Security Council.


Trump Closes First Week In Office With Visit To The Pentagon

Friday, January 27, 2017

President Trump visited the Pentagon for the first time on Friday. He conducted a formal swearing-in for Defense Secretary Mattis and met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.