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War in Afghanistan
Apr 15, 2014 — In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.
Apr 13, 2014 — Though the sample of results released Sunday is based on less than 7 percent of the total vote, analysts say a runoff is likely.
Apr 11, 2014Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, who has been reporting from the Afghan capital Kabul, talks to Marine General Joseph Dunford, the commander of all allied forces in Afghanistan.

War in Iraq
Apr 16, 2014 — The country's Justice Ministry made the announcement that it was moving the prison's 2,400 inmates because of fears that Sunni insurgents might overrun the complex.
Apr 14, 2014 — With Syria in chaos, minority Kurds there hope they can realize long-standing ambitions for autonomy. Kurds who fled to northern Iraq from Syria will press those demands when they finally go home.
Mar 11, 2014 — The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are significantly better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there.

Special Reports

Audio Slideshow:
Soldiers learn to spot IEDs at Ft. Drum
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other weapon. David Sommerstein visits a hands-on IED training exhibit at Fort Drum near Watertown.
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Crash-course in combat photography in Iraq
Photojournalist Bill Putnam was in the Army when he met David Sommerstein in Kosovo in 2002. He’s been living in the heart of the chaotic, violent world of Baghdad for two years. Putnam spoke with David Sommerstein about war-time photojournalism.
prairie summer
Audio Slideshow:
Lebanon, First-Hand
Prairie Summer has lived in southern Lebanon for the last half year, working with teenagers, and was on the way home when war broke out. She told Martha Foley she's fallen in love with Lebanon and is planning to return there as soon as she can.
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Peace Poets in Potsdam
Primary and secondary students from six New York counties read their peace poetry at SUNY Potsdam May 19, 2006. Artists displayed their peace posters in the lobby. Todd Moe previewed the event with organizer Paul Saint-Amand.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times Photojournalist Mark Dye
Mark Dye, a photojournalist with the Watertown Daily Times, spent a month in Baghdad earlier this winter. He was embedded with troops from Fort Drum, and sent daily photos and stories documenting the lives of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: A Soldier Goes Home
Earlier this month, Army photojournalist Cpl. Bill Putnam completed his tour of duty in Iraq. He flew out of the country on a Blackhawk helicopter and sent one last audio diary.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: A Raid on an Insurgent Suspect
Army photojournalist Corporal Bill Putnam is stationed in Baghdad with the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Troops frequently conduct raids to find insurgent leaders. Putnam went on one raid last month in the Al-Rashid neighborhood of Baghdad. Soldiers were looking for a suspected cell leader of Sunni insurgents.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: Chatting at a Baghdad Bakery
Corporal Bill Putnam is a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment at Camp Ferrin-Huggin in southern Baghdad. A few days ago he was with a unit patrolling through a run-down neighborhood of Baghdad near the airport. They came upon a bakery, a hotspot for conversation and gossip, and stopped to chat.
Photo/Audio Diary
An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.
Audio Slideshow
Lysistrata Project Reading in Canton
North Country residents joined more than a thousand groups worldwide in readings of the Greek antiwar comedy Lysistrata on March 3, 2003.
Photo Audio Essay
Rally and Walk for Peace in Iraq
Hundreds turned out in the zero-degree chill in Canton NY as part of an international day of protests supporting peace with Iraq on Saturday, February 15, 2003. Audio includes complete addresses of rally speakers, and conversation with walkers and onlookers. David Sommerstein reports.
Photo/Audio Essay
UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter--The Iraqi Threat: How Real Is It?
Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, in a recent North Country Tour, made the case against unilateral military action in Iraq.
Photo Audio Essay
Return from Afghanistan
NCPR News talks with Ft. Drum soldiers and families.
Photo Audio Essay
On Patrol in Vitina
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 1
Photo Audio Essay
The Real Life of Peacekeepers
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 2
Photo Audio Essay
10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
Shubel Clark's War of 1812 jacket at the Potsdam Museum.
Shubel Clark's War of 1812 jacket at the Potsdam Museum.

Heard Up North: An old coat is War of 1812 relic

The Potsdam Museum recently rediscovered an historic War of 1812 officer's uniform in its archives -- just in time for bicentennial commemorations. Museum officials say the dark blue and red wool uniform is in "very nice" condition for a 200-year old garment.

It's thought to have belonged to Shubel Clark, a soldier from Canton who was assigned to the New York Detached Militia in Ogdensburg. The heirloom was donated to the museum in 1953 by Clark's family.

Todd Moe stopped by for a closer look yesterday. The story behind the old coat is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The story of Navajo code talkers (above) is well known. But Native American soldiers speaking Mohawk, Chochtaw, Commanche and other native languages also helped to win the war.

Mohawks seek recognition for WWII code talkers

A Mohawk veterans group wants the federal government to recognize the contributions of "code talkers" during the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War Two. The Navajo "code talkers" were the largest group of Native Americans during the 1940's to use their language skills in the south Pacific against the Japanese.

Jeffrey Whelan, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Veterans Affairs Committee, says many other tribes participated as "code talkers" during the war. He says the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council has sent a letter of request to the U.S. Mint to develop a Congressional Medal for nine veterans at Akwesasne who used their native language to confuse the Germans.  Go to full article
Col. Patrick D. Frank, Brigade Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Photo:

Fort Drum brigade commander says deployment has been tough, but successful

Fort Drum's 3rd Brigade Combat Team is beginning to come home after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The brigade, about 3,500 soldiers, was sent to an area just west of Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan, where few troops had been before.

They were deployed as part of President Obama's troop surge in the country. As the mission winds down, brigade commander Colonel Patrick Frank says his unit did a good job in a difficult setting. He spoke from Afghanistan with reporter Joanna Richards.
(CORRECTION: We originally reported that these troops were the first US soldiers in that region. Many comments on our story have challenged that assertion. We've contacted our sources at Ft. Drum for clarification and are still waiting for a reply. To the best of our understanding now, Col. Frank's unit was the first brigade level force to deploy there.)  Go to full article
From left, St. Joseph's CEO Bob Ross, Cindy Garso of North Woods Engineering and Joe Lomonaco of Architecture Plus review the site of a proposed community residence in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise

St. Joe's, neighbors seek compromise on vets' residence

Neighbors of St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake are concerned about plans for a new treatment facility for veterans struggling with substance abuse addiction...  Go to full article
The mangled remains of an engine of a B-47 bomber sits among the rocks on the summit of Wright Peak. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>.

Twisted remains mark site of 1962 mountaintop plane crash

Fifty years ago, in the early morning darkness of Jan. 16, 1962, an Air Force jet bomber slammed into the top of Wright Peak, in the Adirondack backcountry near Lake Placid....  Go to full article

Owens optimistic about Ft. Drum's role in refocused defense

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced sweeping plans for the country's defense yesterday. The new strategy has to accommodate a half billion...  Go to full article

Fort Drum gets funding for construction projects

A $54 million federal appropriation will set off another round of construction at Fort Drum.
Some of the money will go toward new projects and some will go toward...  Go to full article
A border crossing in the Thousands Island. Photo: Brian Mann

Obama, Harper praise border agreement

Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper says the border security deal unveiled yesterday in Washington DC is the biggest step forward in trade with the US since the North...  Go to full article

Theater students respond to deployments

There are support groups for service members and spouses, but what about the children of 10th Mountain Division soldiers sent overseas? Last spring, a theater class at...  Go to full article
The 90-ton doors stand open above the silo.  Its future use - a dance space.

A Cold War relic with a new mission

Australian architectural designer Alexander Michael opens an exhibit of his sculptures this Saturday at his part time Adirondack hidden home that once housed an...  Go to full article

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