Tom Bowman

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Friendly fire killed an Iraqi interpreter. The U.S. told his family something else

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The NPR Taking Cover podcast team tracks down the family of an Iraqi man who was mistakenly killed by Marines.


The U.S. told them terrorists killed their brother. It was a lie they held for years

Sunday, May 28, 2023

In 2004, a U.S. general told the family of an Iraqi interpreter that insurgents killed their brother. The truth was more painful: He was mistakenly killed by Americans he had risked his life to help.


Ukraine appears to have started its next big move against Russia

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Pentagon officials met today with other nations supporting the war, and Kyiv says it's steadfast in pushing Russia out of the country altogether.


The U.S. evacuates some 1,000 Americans from Sudan

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Two convoys of private U.S. citizens arrived in Port Sudan over the weekend after departing the capital of Khartoum, where deadly fighting between rival militaries has killed hundreds.


The intelligence community is doing damage control after the Pentagon leaks

Saturday, April 15, 2023

President Biden is ordering the intelligence community to further secure sensitive information after a major breach, allegedly by a Massachusetts Air National Guardsman.


A fatal mistake: The truth behind a Marine Corps lie and broken promises

Friday, April 07, 2023

A mortar blast killed two Marines in Iraq almost 20 years ago. But families weren't told for years it was "friendly fire," a tragic accident, despite regulations. Some of the wounded were never told.


'Taking Cover' examines a friendly fire incident in Iraq and the ensuing cover up

Thursday, April 06, 2023

NPR podcast Taking Cover delves into the worst Marine-on-Marine friendly fire incident in modern history.


U.S. strikes Iran-backed militias in Syria after attack on American base

Friday, March 24, 2023

After a self-detonating drone killed an American contractor and wounded five soldiers, U.S. forces launched a retaliatory strike in Syria against a facility being used by Iranian-backed militias.


The view from Ukrainian soldiers, the Pentagon and U.S. lawmakers as the war grind on

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

As Russia's war with Ukraine reaches the one-year mark, many say the war is entering a critical phase. But some Republican lawmakers are raising questions about the ongoing support from the U.S.


Tens of thousands of new Russian troops are forcing Ukrainian soldiers to pull back

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Russia throws new conscripts into battle — beginning a winter offensive in Ukraine. Ukrainians plan their own offensive soon. Can either side avoid a stalemate?


Allied nations — including the U.S. — met today to talk military support for Ukraine

Friday, January 20, 2023

Having announced one of its biggest aid packages yet, U.S. military officials met with allied nations to talk military support for Ukraine. German support for the war remains an unresolved question.


The U.S. will send a Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. How will it help?

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The transfer of the sophisticated missile system comes amid a Russian barrage on Ukraine's energy infrastructure. The announcement came as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Washington.


Zelenskyy and Biden emphasize their partnership ahead of congressional address

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is visiting Washington to meet with President Biden and Congress on Wednesday. The trip comes as lawmakers are debating billions more in aid for Ukraine.


Ukraine says it needs help shooting down Russia's missile attacks

Monday, November 21, 2022

Russia is hammering Ukraine with missile attacks, many aimed at electricity stations. Ukraine is shooting down many of these attacks but says it needs more help from the U.S. and NATO.


Russia retreats from Kherson. Why is the U.S. nudging Ukraine on peace talks?

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Russia says all its forces are gone from the key southern city of Kherson. Yet the Biden administration is publicly asking Ukraine to show a willingness to negotiate.


Can the U.S. keep up with Ukraine's demand for weaponry?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The U.S. expects to be providing weaponry to Ukraine for months and even years to come. Defense officials are confident they can meet the demand, but there are real-world challenges.


Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter dies at age 68

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter died Monday at age 68. He was known for opening ground combat jobs to women and pushing the Pentagon to spend more money on technology.


Kyiv targeted by Russian kamikaze drones

Monday, October 17, 2022

Kyiv was targeted by Russian forces again Monday, this time by kamikaze drones. The attacks were unsettling and deadly, but what's less clear is whether or not they changed anything about the war.


The differences between what Russia and Ukraine say is happening on the ground

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Russia says it is claiming parts of Ukraine, but facts on the ground say otherwise. Ukrainian troops continue a counteroffensive in the country's south and east that is upending the Kremlin's plans.


What's next for the war in Ukraine

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Nearly seven months of war in Ukraine, Kyiv's counteroffensive succeeded and Russia ordered more troops to mobilize. Ukrainian lawmakers have been visiting Washington to petition for more arms.