Tom Bowman

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U.S. Service Member Killed By IED Was Helping Iraq In Push To Retake Mosul

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Pentagon was expected Friday to announce the identity of an American service member killed in Iraq while helping to support the offensive against Mosul. NPR's Tom Bowman tells us more.


U.S. Navy Fires At Yemeni Radar Sites After Navy Destroyer Was Targeted

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A U.S. official says the Navy has destroyed three radar locations in Yemen after missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer off the Yemeni coast.


To Retain More Parents, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When a Pentagon official proposed flexible schedules at a town hall meeting, "They actually laughed at me," she says. But the schedules went into place. The military also now allows 1 to 3 years off.


U.S. Formally Accuses Russia Of Hacking Democratic Party

Friday, October 07, 2016

The U.S. publicly accused Russia of being behind the hacking of the Democratic Party, electoral meddling and other cyber-mischief, reflecting a major decision to openly "name and blame" Moscow.


Pentagon Investigates Airstrike That May Have Hit Syrian Soldiers

Monday, September 19, 2016

The attack on Saturday in eastern Syria, which had been targeting Islamic State militants, hit Syrian soldiers instead, according to the Russian military.


U.S. Airstrike In Syria Throws Wrench In Cease-Fire Plans

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A U.S. airstrike on Syrian military forces aligned with Bashar Assad has challenged the already tenuous cease-fire in Syria.


Abuse Of Recruits Revealed At Parris Island Marine Training Center

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Investigative documents reveal abuse of recruits at the Marine training center at Parris Island, S.C., including a drill sergeant accused of ordering a Muslim recruit into a clothes dryer, where he was burned. NPR takes a look at this incident and whether there is a pattern of abuse inside the Marines.


U.S.-Russia To Coordinate Airstrikes Against ISIS

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If the Syrian cease-fire holds for the next week, the U.S. and Russia will for the first time coordinate airstrikes against ISIS and the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria.


The Rise Of The Drone, And The Thorny Questions That Have Followed

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the drone has become America's go-to weapon when it comes to tracking and killing extremists. But drones have raised many legal, moral and ethical issues.


Donald Trump Unveils Detailed National Security Proposals In Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Donald Trump unveiled some of his most detailed proposals yet for how he would tackle national security as president. He specified numbers of troops, numbers of ships and other goals. But his proposals would cost billions more than the Pentagon currently receives and require action by Congress to lift budget caps that today constrain spending.


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 โ€” 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?