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Aug 30, 2014 — The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, his brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.
Aug 30, 2014 — Scott Simon talks to Jane Harman, director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, about the threat of ISIS and the United States' counterterrorism strategy.
Aug 29, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.
Aug 28, 2014 — Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

Poll: Most want developers to move mosque

A new poll finds New Yorkers split about whether a proposed mosque and community center should be constructed near Ground zero in lower Manhattan, but nearly three quarters think the organizers should voluntarily build somewhere else. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Village elders attend a shura near Margah, Afghanistan, not far from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border June 24, 2010.

An explosive meeting with Afghan elders

The war in Afghanistan continues to proceed with limited success and lots of violence. General David Petraeus said yesterday the Taliban's momentum has been reversed in many parts of the country. But he urged caution over hopes for an American pullback of troops next summer. Photojournalist Bill Putnam recently returned from Afghanistan after a six-week embed with an infantry company in the 101st Airborne. He spent part of that time at Combat Outpost Margah, not far from the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. And he saw firsthand the challenges U.S. troops face trying to persuade local leaders to turn away from the Taliban. Putnam attended a "shura," or council, one day called by an American Army officer. The meeting was to discuss reports that local elders had been meeting with Taliban leaders in Pakistan. In this audio diary, Putnam reports the meeting went well - with one big exception.  Go to full article

Biden thanks Fort Drum for Iraq success

Vice President Joe Biden says Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade deserves "a hero's welcome" for its work training security forces in Iraq. Biden made a personal visit to the Army base near Watertown yesterday. He said it's the "dawn of a new era in Iraq" as the U.S. prepares to draw down 95,000 troops from the country. The security situation improved so much that Iraqi military and police took control more quickly than expected. That allowed the 2nd brigade to return home three months early. David Sommerstein was at Fort Drum for the vice president's visit and has our story.  Go to full article

Schumer demands more info on release of Pan Am 103 bomber

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for a closer look into allegations that oil giant BP played a role in negotiating the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Jonathan...  Go to full article
McHugh speaking to reporters...

McHugh returns to roots at Ft. Drum

It was a memorable homecoming for Secretary of the Army John McHugh. The longtime North Country Congressman made his first visit to Fort Drum since becoming Secretary as the...  Go to full article
NY Times correspondent Jim Dao

Fort Drum's 1-87th: bellwether on progress in Afghanistan

The front page of yesterday's New York Times featured a photograph of Fort Drum Sergeant Brian Keith. He's crying and clutching his wife and six month-old son, moments...  Go to full article

North Country soldier orients military leaders in Afghanistan

A major reorganization of NATO's southern command in Afghanistan is underway as thousands of fresh US troops arrive in Kandahar. The units are part of President Obama's...  Go to full article
Specialist William Seo (center) with local staff

Drum soldier helps poor Afghans

The life of a deployed soldier is usually a mix of grueling activity and mind-numbing waiting. There's very little free time for individual pursuits. That's why Fort Drum...  Go to full article
Sgt. Jason Goodman of Morristown

Behind the scenes in a well-equipped Army troop

At a media briefing last Friday, Fort Drum commander James Terry updated the status of the 1st Brigade. The brigade based at the Army base near Watertown deployed to...  Go to full article
Maj. Gen. James Terry, Fort Drum's commander

Ft. Drum commander discusses strategy & mental health, in Afghanistan and on post

Fort Drum's commander says the Army post near Watertown is the busiest he's ever seen it. Major General James Terry told reporters at a media briefing Friday that the 10th...  Go to full article

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