Tom Bowman

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What 3 Deaths Among Thousands Tell Us About Afghanistan In 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Thousands of civilians, soldiers and police were killed this year in suicide attacks, bombings and airstrikes. The lives and deaths of three Afghan men shed light on the challenges the country faces.

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Who Is Mattis' Replacement, Patrick Shanahan?

Monday, December 24, 2018

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is a systems management guy, not a policy guy. It's not clear how he will guide the Pentagon but it is clear it will be different from the leadership of former secretary Jim Mattis.

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Trump Orders The Withdrawal Of 7,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Friday, December 21, 2018

President Trump is ordering the withdrawal of 7,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, about half the number now deployed there. The effects of this action on military operations are not yet clear.

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Trump Decides To Withdraw Troops From Syria, Goes Against Mattis Again

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Once again, President Trump has made a national security decision in opposition to the advice of his secretary of defense, Jim Mattis. This time it was to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

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White House Announces U.S. Troops Will Be Withdrawing From Syria

Thursday, December 20, 2018

President Trump has decided it's time for the U.S. forces to leave Syria. But the move goes against statements by top American military officials, who have consistently said it would be wise to stay.

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U.S. Withdraws Forces From Syria, Following White House Orders

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The U.S. is withdrawing its forces from Syria on orders from the White House. This is a reversal of U.S. policy and had been opposed by the Pentagon.

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Trump May Pardon Green Beret Suspected Of Killing Taliban Bomb-Maker

Monday, December 17, 2018

Green Beret Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is under investigation in the death of a suspected Taliban bomb-maker in U.S. custody in 2010. President Trump tweeted that he will review the case himself.

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Meet Mark Milley, Trump's Pick For Joint Chiefs Chairman

Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Army general has a voracious appetite for history — and Boston sports teams. If approved by the Senate, the 60-year-old Massachusetts native will take the helm next summer.

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DHS Asks Other Federal Agencies To Send Civilian Law Enforcement Officers to Border

Friday, November 30, 2018

The request comes as the overall size of the military force at the border will be cut from around 5,900 personnel to 4,000, Pentagon officials tell NPR. The deployment may be extended through January.

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Trump Is Expected To Extend U.S. Troops' Deployment To Mexico Border Into January

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The move would extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, rather than only National Guard soldiers and personnel.

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Arrival Of Central American Migrants In Tijuana Causes Tension With City Residents

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

There is growing concern as more and more migrants are headed toward the U.S. border near San Diego, creating crowded conditions and protests in Mexican border towns.

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Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited active duty soldiers deployed at the border near McAllen, Texas. About 5,000 troops are being sent to the border in response to a caravan of migrants headed to the U.S.

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Military To Get Greater Scrutiny With Democrats Controlling The House

Friday, November 09, 2018

The Trump administration's military operations in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq have been relatively free of congressional oversight. That will change in the House when Democrats take control next year.

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Raqqa: View From The Ground

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Just over a year ago, ISIS was pushed out of the Syrian city of Raqqa. Now residents are trying to recover from a brutal military campaign which included house to house fighting and U.S. bombs.

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Department Of Defense Shares Details Of Massive Troop Deployment To Border

Monday, October 29, 2018

The White House plans to deploy up to 5,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. They will provide logistics support, but are prohibited by law from acting as law enforcement agents within the U.S.

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Pentagon: 5,000 Troops Will Be Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

Monday, October 29, 2018

The troops are likely to be active-duty Army personnel. As U.S. troops are prohibited from performing law enforcement activities within the United States, they will be in support roles only.

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U.S. Military Acknowledges American General Was Wounded During Deadly Kandahar Attack

Monday, October 22, 2018

An attack in Kandahar last week killed the province's governor and police chief and wounded an American service member. The Pentagon is now saying the officer is Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley.

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Days Later, Pentagon Says U.S. General Among Wounded In Kandahar Attack

Monday, October 22, 2018

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot twice, according to the Pentagon, during an attack in Kandahar that killed the province's chiefs of police and intelligence and wounded the governor.

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Top Provincial Leaders Assassinated Ahead Of Elections In Afghanistan

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Top leaders in Kandahar province in Afghanistan have been assassinated two days before the country votes in parliamentary elections. The top U.S. military commander escaped injury. The Taliban have claimed responsibility in the attack.

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In Syria, A School Helps Children Traumatized By War

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"What we found is children had been so traumatized, they couldn't even recognize numbers or letters," says a U.S. official. "We had to work through that before we could start educating them again."

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