Tom Bowman http://wvasfm.org en U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://wvasfm.org/post/us-intelligence-tracking-what-happened-flight-mh17 Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 51873 at http://wvasfm.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://wvasfm.org/post/marines-are-looking-few-good-combat-ready-women The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.<p>And here's where things stand in the Marines.<p>Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=239534349" target="_blank">infantry training course</a> last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 50961 at http://wvasfm.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military http://wvasfm.org/post/whats-behind-collapse-iraqs-military Rick Brennan remembers sitting around Baghdad back in 2011 with some fellow U.S. military planners. Talk turned to the Iraqi army of the future. In one scenario, they pictured the Iraqi army falling apart, splintering along ethnic lines.<p>"We painted a worst-case scenario, a nightmare scenario, that was exactly what we're seeing take place right now," Brennan says.<p>What's taking place right now is an Iraqi army under attack by the Islamist militants of ISIS, who are capturing cities in Iraq's north and west. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 50293 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity http://wvasfm.org/post/under-attack-isis-iraq-agrees-give-us-troops-immunity Remember last week when President Obama said <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322451204/militant-group-advances-in-iraq-taking-northern-iraqi-town">he planned to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq</a>?<p>Well, the U.S. couldn't do it until the Iraqi government gave U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, through what's called a "diplomatic note." If those U.S. soldiers committed any crimes or had any legal troubles while advising Iraqis, the U.S. wanted to handle any prosecutions.<p>Here's what Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 50214 at http://wvasfm.org Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity In Obama's Iraq Plan, An Answer That Breeds More Questions http://wvasfm.org/post/obamas-iraq-plan-answer-breeds-more-questions President Obama says that up to 300 U.S. military personnel will be heading to Iraq to advise Iraqi forces, not to serve in combat. But the proposal raises more questions: Will those U.S. forces heading out with Iraqi troops be armed? What are the rules of engagement? And how long will they stay? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 50108 at http://wvasfm.org Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq? http://wvasfm.org/post/obama-rules-out-ground-troops-what-else-can-us-do-iraq President Obama said that he will help the Iraqi military break the momentum of the militants on the march to Baghdad. The Pentagon said that one possible option could include airstrikes. But the president said that any military help must include political solutions from the Iraqi government, which has helped fuel the unrest by failing to reach out to its Sunni minority. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49716 at http://wvasfm.org Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire http://wvasfm.org/post/green-berets-are-killed-possible-case-friendly-fire Five U.S. soldiers have been killed recently in Afghanistan, the result of what might have been friendly fire from an American airplane. The deaths, if confirmed, would constitute the worst case of friendly fire in the war so far. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49502 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Details Of Bergdahl's Captivity, Answers Stay Scattered http://wvasfm.org/post/despite-details-bergdahls-captivity-answers-stay-scattered Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Now to the latest on US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who was released from captivity in Afghanistan. It's possible he could return the United States later this week. Bergdahl is being treated at a military hospital in Germany. And there are new reports about the nearly five years he spent in captivity. He had been captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan after apparently walking off his post. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49435 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture http://wvasfm.org/post/despite-video-bergdahls-release-questions-dog-his-capture Even as the Taliban released a video of Army Sgt. Bergdahl's release, questions continue to surround his initial disappearance. Bergdahl has said he was captured by the Taliban while lagging behind on a patrol. In a classified report produced in 2010, the Army paints him as a soldier troubled by U.S. policy, but it does not go so far as to call him a deserter. Still, many wonder whether Bergdahl planned to return before his capture. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49213 at http://wvasfm.org Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill http://wvasfm.org/post/prisoner-swap-ignites-political-firestorm-hill Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 49200 at http://wvasfm.org