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Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

William Doyle tells the story of Captain Travis Patriquin and his role in turning the tide of violence in the Iraq war. An Arabic linguist, Patriquin set out to establish a crucial network with tribal leaders.  In 2006, he unleashed a diplomatic and cultural charm offensive—the Sunni Awakening, the tribal revolt against Al Qaeda that led to a dramatic drop in violence. A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq is a tribute to him.

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An Iraq Veteran on Recovery and Courage

Monday, January 02, 2012

Bryan Anderson, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart, talks about the day he was wounded and what I went through during rehab, and his struggle to recover. His memoir No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope is about his service and his recovery.

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The Takeaway

Former Envoy Paul Bremer on the Future of Iraq

Friday, December 30, 2011

After nearly nine years, a trillion dollars, and thousands of lives lost, the Iraq war came to a quiet end earlier this month. Since the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Iraq has been besieged by internal conflict and fears of civil war. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite, exacerbated sectarian tensions by issuing an arrest warrant for the country's Sunni vice president. A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad last week only made the situation worse. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, former U.S. envoy to Iraq L. Paul Bremer critized President Obama for pulling troops out of Iraq. 

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The Takeaway

Home From Battle, An Iraq War Vet Teaches Ballet

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Roman Baca is an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company. He has toured veterans hospitals and military bases around the world with his ballet "The Homecoming," which is about service members dealing with homesickness and the experiences of their loved ones waiting at home. He is heading back to Iraq, but this time as a dance teacher.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq After the Withdrawal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New York Times correspondent Michael Schmidt and Sam Dagher, Wall Street Journal reporter in Iraq, discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this month, the state of the country nine years after the invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein, sectarian violence, and their thoughts about the future of Iraq.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Iraq War is Over, Far Too Late

Monday, December 19, 2011

We were confronted by the horrors of Abu Ghraib, a stain on our national honor and international reputation. We concealed the costs of war on separate balance sheets, and every effort by those in Congress to escape this quagmire was met with accusations of not supporting the troops.

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The Takeaway

Last Convoy of US Troops Quietly Exits Iraq

Monday, December 19, 2011

At the peak of the war, over 170,000 U.S. troops were on the ground in 500 bases in Iraq. Nearly nine years, $1 trillion, and thousands of Iraqi and American lives later, the final convoy of 500 U.S. soldiers quietly slipped out of the country into Kuwait. It was an unremarkable end to a war that started with a blitz called "Shock and Awe." BBC correspondent Hugh Sykes, who has reported from Iraq for over a decade, filed this report on the end of the Iraq war.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Russia Looks Post-Putin, Iraq War Ends

Friday, December 16, 2011

This week brought the end of the Iraq War and a Russia in turmoil after recent disputed elections. Also, the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucus was last night on Fox News. Joining The Takeaway for a look at this week's big stories are Jeff Yang, writer of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and bloger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and blogger at Farai.com.

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WNYC News

As Iraq War Ends, Spotlight Turns to New Generation of Veterans

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The U.S. is officially bringing its mission in Iraq to a close after nearly nine years at war, the loss of more than 4,400 U.S. service members and more than 32,000 wounded in combat.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: House Republicans Move to Solve Deficit, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 15, 2011

House Republicans have laid out a spending bill would cap non-emergency discretionary spending at one trillion dollars, despite a request from President Obama and Democrats for more talks. The move to pass this bill comes at a strategic time before the House breaks for the holidays.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: End of US Military Operations in Iraq, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 15, 2011

After eight years, eight months, and 25 days, the American flag was lowered in Baghdad on Thursday morning. This ceremony marks the end of US military operations in Iraq, and comes two weeks before the official December 31st deadline. Most of the 5,500 remaining soldiers have now left Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Richard Bonin tells the story of Ahmad Chalabi, whose wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. In Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq Bonin traces Chalabi’s efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the United States, and earn support for to installing him as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history.

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The Takeaway

The Lives of Iraqi Refugees in the US

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In the years since the start of the war in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes and sought refuge in neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria, but also here in the United States. San Diego, California is home to one of the largest Iraqi populations in the country, but many of them are facing hardships to create a happy home for themselves and their families. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Iraq Veteran on Recovery and Courage

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Bryan Anderson, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart, talks about the day he was wounded and what I went through during rehab, and his struggle to recover. His memoir No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope is about his service and his recovery.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

A Military Reaction to Leaving Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

On Friday, President Obama announced that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year. The U.S. had a long-standing agreement to withdraw its combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, but officials from both countries had discussed the possibility of maintaining a residual force of tens of thousands of troops to train Iraqis and fulfill other duties. Those plans fell through when Iraq refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Iraq Troop Withdrawal Can't be Claimed as Obama Win

Monday, October 24, 2011

To be an Obama supporter, you have to cheer him when he finally says that troops will be out of Iraq completely by December 2011 and pretend the president has kept his promises.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

'Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds' in Iraq

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The U.S. put much of its global credibility on the line with its invasion and occupation of Iraq. The reconstruction program of subsequent years has been marred by violence, instability in the Iraqi government, the influence of Iran, and millions of American dollars either unaccounted for or wasted. In 2009, Foreign Service employee Peter Van Buren spent a year in Baghdad working for the State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team, where he oversaw efforts to rebuild Iraq's economy and infrastructure.

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The Takeaway

'Top Secret America': The Hidden Side of Government After 9/11

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

We're talking about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 all this week. And while we’re remembering those we’ve lost, we’re also analyzing the tragedy's aftermath. A new Frontline documentary and investigative book chronicle the proliferation of covert operations and government organizations that began cropping up in the wake of 9/11. Funding for counter-terrorism programs grew exponentially after 9/11. In the documentary, then-White House counter terrorism czar Richard Clarke remembers: "President Bush said to us, in the basement of the White House on the night of 9/11, you have everything you need. And that was true, because as soon as we went to the Congress, they said 'just tell us what you need.' Blank check."

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The Takeaway

U.S. Reports Zero Fatalities in Iraq for August

Friday, September 02, 2011

For the first time since the U.S. invasion there began in 2003, American troops in Iraq experienced no fatalities for the entire month of August. Officials credit this remarkable fact as the result of unilateral American action, and Iraq focusing its attack efforts on Iranian-backed Shiite militias. While this is unprecedented in the war, it may not signify the imminent arrival of a secure Iraq.

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