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War in Afghanistan
Jul 18, 2014 — The Afghan presidential election has been a financial disappointment. Businesses say revenue is down, and even companies you'd think would make money off a campaign, say they're in the red.
Jul 15, 2014 — The attack occurred Tuesday morning near a market in the eastern province of Paktika. At a time of political uncertainty, deadly attacks are taking place on a near-daily basis.
Jul 13, 2014 — Secretary of State John Kerry has helped the candidates in Afghanistan's contested election work out a formula to resolve their dispute over the runoff election results. All votes will be audited.
 

War in Iraq
Jul 30, 2014 — A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.
Jul 29, 2014 — For centuries, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds had coexisted in Mosul, but some fear ruptures there may be harbingers of the partition of Iraq. If that happens, Ahmed Ali may never see his farm again.
Jul 27, 2014 — Bloodshed is escalating in Baghdad as the militant group known as the Islamic State seeks to expand its territory in Iraq. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Alice Fordham in Erbil about life under the rule of the radical Islamic group.
 

Special Reports

IED
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.
faso cartoon
Audio Slideshow:
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.
dove
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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.

Tenth Mountain Division Troops Posted in Northern Afghanistan

Infantry from the Army's Tenth Mountain Division crossed from Uzbekistan into northern Afghanistan yesterday to serve as a quick reaction force in case of renewed Taliban resistance around the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.  Go to full article

McHugh Downplays Civil Liberty Concerns in Anti-Terrorism Campaign

North Country Congressman John McHugh says civil liberties concerns over the Justice Department's anti-terrorism campaign are "speculative". While visiting Potsdam on Monday, McHugh said American citizens deserve the full protections of the Constitution. But he said in times of war, it's not unprecedented for foreign nationals to go through a different process, like trials in military courts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Greens Speak Out Against US Anti-Terrorism Policies

Since September 11, criticism of US government policy has been muted, as many Americans and New Yorkers want to support their elected leaders in a time of crisis. One group that is still speaking out and questioning US policies regarding terrorism in New York State's Green Party. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Strategist Explains Tenth Mountain Division's Role in Uzbekistan

About a thousand soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division are just north of Afghanistan in the former soviet state of Uzbekistan. David Sommerstein spoke with Michael...  Go to full article

Adirondack Artists' Guild Devotes Wall to September 11 and Aftermath

The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake devotes one of its walls to a special exhibit in response to the attacks on September 11 and the ongoing events since then. Todd...  Go to full article

Canadian-on-the-Street Response to War Mixed

This week, Canadian naval ships are transporting hundreds of military personnel to the Persian Gulf. Throughout the crisis, Canadian support for the American response has...  Go to full article

Canada Pledges Military Support

The Canadian government has pledged its full support in the war against terrorism. As of yesterday that support now includes Canadian troops, warships and aircraft. Karen...  Go to full article

Fort Drum Troops Headed to Uzbekistan

The Pentagon has confirmed 1000 soldiers from the army's 10th Mountain Division are headed to the former Soviet state of Uzbekistan. The soldiers leave behind families and...  Go to full article

New York City Reaction to Air Strikes

Brian Mann was visiting Ground Zero in New York City when the first reports of the U.S.--British strikes against the Taliban in Afganistan broke.  Go to full article

SUNY Plattsburgh Holds Disaster Teach-In

A teach-in is scheduled for 1 pm at Plattsburgh State, allowing students and teachers and the greater Plattsburgh community a chance to discuss and learn about the potential...  Go to full article

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