Tom Bowman

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Biden To Try To Smooth U.S. Relations With Turkey

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey for meetings with the country's president. It's the highest level U.S. visit to Turkey since a failed coup attempt there that led to a crisis in U.S. relations.


Turkish Admiral Sought In Failed Coup May Be Seeking Asylum In U.S., Officials Say

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rear Adm. Mustafa Zeki Ugurlu, who had just finished a NATO job in Norfolk, Va., is among the "pro coup fugitives" being pursued by Turkey following last month's failed coup attempt.


U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Islamic State Fighters In Libya

Monday, August 01, 2016

American warplanes have begun attacking Islamic State fighters in Libya. It's the first step in what the U.S. and its allies hope is a new international campaign to stabilize a nation that's been in chaos since the 2011 NATO military intervention decapitated its government but did not establish a viable successor — creating conditions that ISIS found inviting.


Afghanistan: A Tragic Return To A War With No End

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The most critical question in Afghanistan today is whether the Afghan military can keep the country safe from the Taliban. An NPR team went looking for the answer, and two of the group were killed.


Afghan Governor Wants Government To Control Poppy Crop

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Fifteen years into the Afghan war, locals continue to grow, harvest and sell poppy, notwithstanding attempts to eradicate it, replace it with something else, or use it for constructive means.


U.S. Military Trainers Teach Afghan Troops To Wield Artillery

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

A permanent academy is in the works to help Afghan troops improve their artillery and mortar skills. NPR visited a base where the Afghans are learning to wield what's called the "King of Battle."


After 15 Years, The State Of The War In Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

U.S. forces continue to help Afghan troops battle back the Taliban, but the security situation remains uncertain at best. Our team has just returned from a fateful reporting trip to Afghanistan.


Marine Corps Misidentified Man In Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

Friday, June 24, 2016

Seventy-one years later, the Marine Corps acknowledged it misidentified one of the Marines in Joe Rosenthal's ironic flag raising image from Iwo Jima. The previously unknown Pfc. Harold Schultz of Detroit is the sixth man in the picture, service leaders confirm.


Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Afghan commandos, supported by U.S. special operations forces, launched a raid into a village contested by the Taliban. The raid permitted an aid convoy to make progress after nearly a month.


Memorial Day In Kandahar: A Run To Honor America's Fallen

Monday, May 30, 2016

Over the past 15 years, 1,832 American servicemen and -women have been killed in action in Afghanistan. How do the U.S. forces posted there mark Memorial Day, and how is the conflict going overall?


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.