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Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

Monday, May 04, 2015

Dozens of soldiers have offered testimonials saying indiscriminate fire was tolerated, even encouraged in last summer's war in Gaza. This contributed to the high numbers of civilian deaths, they say.

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Is Bashar Assad Just Losing Some Ground ... Or His Grip On Power?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

After four years of ebbs and flows in Syria's civil war, rebel fighters are pushing back the president's forces. He's having trouble replacing soldiers. And his allies may be providing less support.

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Morning Edition

The Frightened Vietnamese Kid Who Became A U.S. Army General

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forty years ago, Viet Luong was a 9-year-old Vietnamese boy fleeing Saigon with his family. Today he's the first Vietnamese-American general in the U.S. Army and is helping train the Afghan military.

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Morning Edition

On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR's Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.

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With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Monday, April 27, 2015

With fighting expected to pick up this spring, Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. NPR's Tom Bowman profiles the top enlisted man.

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9 Months Pregnant, An African Woman Risks It All And Heads To Europe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tatiana Kanga was nine months pregnant when she paid a Moroccan smuggler $1,290 so she and her toddler daughter could ride on a rubber boat, 14 harrowing hours from Africa to Europe.

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Smuggler To Desperate Migrants: 'Now I Am Sending You To Your Death'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More migrants are leaving from chaotic Libya in a bid to reach Europe. The overcrowded boats are at risk of sinking, and some do. A Syrian man tells of the treacherous journey with his young son.

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Menaced By War, An Ancient Christian Village In Iraq Returns To Life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When the Islamic State threatened al-Qosh last year, the village turned into a ghost town. The residents are now back, but say they remain worried about the future of Christians in the Middle East.

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Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home

Monday, April 20, 2015

Much of the world is skeptical about the wisdom of the bombing raids in Yemen. But Saudis are rallying around their new king, Salman, and his son, the defense minister.

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Syria's Minorities: Caught Between Sword Of ISIS And Wrath of Assad

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Many of Syria's minorities have tried to lie low and avoid direct involvement in the country's civil war. But they frequently get caught in the crossfire, with no protector to turn to.

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Morning Edition

Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Friday, April 17, 2015

The war has put dreams of college on hold for some 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Enver Yucel hopes to create a higher ed system to meet their needs, with coursework in English, Arabic and Turkish.

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Iraq's Leader Finds Friends In Washington, But Faces Battles At Home

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has a much better relationship with the U.S. than his predecessor. But he's still struggling to entrench his position in Iraq and defeat the Islamic State.

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Morning Edition

An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

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With Few Choices, Gaza Family Makes Bombed-Out Shell Its Home

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The war between Israel and Hamas completely destroyed over 9,000 homes in Gaza. Not one has been rebuilt. Some, like the Otaish family, are cramming into the rubble-strewn rooms that remain.

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In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

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Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Violence has descended on the once laid back tourist town of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. From mechanics to Twitter users, residents are feeling the effects of a turf war.

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How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

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Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The militants have held Iraq's second largest city since June. Now, local Sunni residents are weary of ISIS, there are signs of strain within their ranks, and it's almost impossible to flee.

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In Tikrit Offensive, Local Sunnis, Shiite Militias Are Unlikely Allies

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The main forces fighting the self-declared Islamic State in Tikrit, Iraq, are Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militias. Despite decades-long animosity between the nations, local Sunnis are joining them.

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Despite Cease-Fire, Skirmishes Carry On Along Ukraine's Front Line

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Separatists and their Russian allies are still trading fire with Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine, and casualty counts are rising. The separatists haven't withdrawn heavy weapons, Ukrainians say.

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