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U.S Captures Suspected Ringleader Of Benghazi Attack

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The U.S. had filed criminal charges against Ahmed Abu Khattala last year. Now that he has been taken to a secure location outside Libya, he is expected to be sent to the United States to stand trial.

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All Things Considered

What, Exactly, Are U.S. Interests In Iraq's Turmoil?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Some warn that the violence gripping the country could lead to another Sept. 11. But experts are skeptical, and Americans are wary of new military entanglements.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Commandos Catch Alleged Leader Of Benghazi Attack

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. special operations forces have captured one of the men suspected of playing a key role in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi. Ahmed Abu Khatallah has been associated with one of the militias involved in the attack that killed four Americans. Currently being held outside Libya, he will face trial in a U.S. federal court.

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Morning Edition

Overtime System At Customs And Border Protection Investigated

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whistleblowers say Customs and Border Protection employees are misusing an overtime program designed for law enforcement emergencies. It's said to be costing taxpayers $40 million a year.

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Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

Monday, June 16, 2014

As the violence in Iraq begins to close in on Baghdad, host Michel Martin learns more about the conflict from The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, and former U.S. interpreter Tariq Abu Khumra.

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The Pros And Cons Of U.S. Air Strikes In Northern Iraq

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor was an aide to Gen. David Petraeus during the U.S. surge in Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon asks him to weigh in on U.S. military options now, with Iraq fracturing.

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After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The medical team helping Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reintegrate into the Army says he is learning to make all the daily decisions he was denied during his imprisonment by the Taliban.

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All Things Considered

As Bergdahl Touches Down In Texas, Reintegration Begins

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S. The former Taliban prisoner is now undergoing treatment at an Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

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Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Host Michel Martin looks at gun culture in the America and abroad, and asks two experts what the U.S. can learn from how other countries handle firearms.

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2 Weeks After Prisoner Exchange, Bergdahl Arrives In Texas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held hostage for five years in Afghanistan, has arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

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All Things Considered

Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Bergdahl's Writings Provide A Window Into His Thoughts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The writings were obtained by The Washington Post, which also reported that the Army sergeant had previously been discharged by the Coast Guard for psychological reasons.

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Is Bergdahl Exchange Really Unprecedented?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Pentagon's lawyer said the deal to swap the Army sergeant for Taliban prisoners wasn't a first, citing the release of an Army pilot in Somalia. But the man who engineered that release disagrees.

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Bergdahl Swap Was 'Extraordinary Situation,' Hagel Says

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told skeptical lawmakers that a "unique set of dynamics" prevented the White House from telling Congress about the deal to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for Taliban prisoners.

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Morning Edition

Project Eavesdrop: What Passive Surveillance Collects

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Over the past year, we've learned a lot about what the National Security Agency can do. Our technology correspondent allowed his phone and Internet activities to be monitored to see what was revealed.

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All Things Considered

Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, the result of what might have been friendly fire from an American plane. The deaths, if confirmed, would be the worst case of friendly fire in the war.

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All Things Considered

Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Army's 65th Infantry Regiment was a segregated military unit, begun in 1899 and composed of Puerto Ricans. President Barack Obama is signing a bill to honor the unit with one of the highest civilian honors, the Congressional Gold Medal.

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All Things Considered

With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Veterans Affairs has a budget of $160 billion, the second largest in government. Some veterans groups say this isn't enough to meet the rapidly expanding demands placed on the VA health system.

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Morning Edition

Internal Affairs Chief Fired At U.S. Customs And Border Protection

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under fire for failing to investigate use of force along the border, ousted its longtime head of internal affairs. The new man in charge is an FBI official.

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Morning Edition

Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NPR's Steve Henn, along with two tech experts, allowed Internet traffic through his laptop and cellphone to be monitored. If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would he find out?

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