Iraq http://wunc.org en The State Of Iraq http://wunc.org/post/state-iraq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made </span>Mosul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But&nbsp;the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:22:20 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39401 at http://wunc.org The State Of Iraq State Department Documents Show Threats From Blackwater During Investigation http://wunc.org/post/state-department-documents-show-threats-blackwater-during-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">During the early years of the Iraq War, the North Carolina security firm Blackwater received billions of dollars from government contracts with the State Department and the CIA.&nbsp;</span></font></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:24:29 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 38228 at http://wunc.org State Department Documents Show Threats From Blackwater During Investigation Meet Randall Williams http://wunc.org/post/meet-randall-williams <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina native Randall Williams says he knew he was going to be a doctor when he was four years old. </span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:08:55 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 38159 at http://wunc.org Meet Randall Williams Return From War http://wunc.org/post/return-war <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Military veterans face many challenges in combat zones and on battlefields. But what about the struggles they face when they return to civilian life? </span></font><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:14:43 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33583 at http://wunc.org Return From War VIDEO: Two Marines: Brothers In War And Coffee http://wunc.org/post/video-two-marines-brothers-war-and-coffee <p>This is the story of two men. Both Marines. Both served in the Middle East. Both struggled when they returned. One Durham coffee shop brought them together and helped them re-connect to civilian life.</p><p>Ryan Wetter did two tours in Afghanistan. He conducted reconnaissance, often under cover of darkness. He is the 19th Marine&nbsp; in his family to serve since the Korean war. He always knew he'd be a Marine. "Its like telling kids not to be a superhero. You see a superhero running around, that's what you want to be."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:10:02 +0000 Carol Jackson 32786 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Two Marines: Brothers In War And Coffee A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty http://wunc.org/post/war-correspondent-reflects-seven-tours-duty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt">The American military is drawing down forces in Afghanistan. </span></font></p><p><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">As&nbsp;troops depart and resources return home, on-the-ground media coverage of the conflict winds down as well. <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/511/">Reporter Jay Price</a> has covered the country on three different tours. He also covered the war in Iraq for the News &amp; Observer and its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers. </span></font></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:01:21 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 24107 at http://wunc.org A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront http://wunc.org/post/returning-vets-challenges-homefront <p>The latest research suggests that for veterans, social support is just as important as medical care.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC Chapel Hill&nbsp;Associate Professor of Psychiatry <a href="http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/directories/faculty/elbogen">Eric Elbogen</a>, about his <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22795217">study</a> showing that vets lacking social and financial stability are more likely to engage in violent behavior than those with posttraumatic stress disorder. Joining the conversation are Pete Tillman, public affairs officer for the <a href="http://www.durham.va.gov/">Durham VA Medical Center</a>, and <a href="http://iava.org/jason-hansman">Jason Hansman</a> of <a href="http://iava.org/">Iraq &amp; Afghanistan Veterans of America</a>. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:03:07 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17465 at http://wunc.org For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims http://wunc.org/post/why-hundreds-thousands-vets-are-waiting-their-disability-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of veterans have been </span><a href="http://cironline.org/reports/vas-ability-quickly-provide-benefits-plummets-under-obama-4241" style="line-height: 1.5;">waiting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> months - sometimes years - for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.&nbsp; Recently, piled up claims </span><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/vaoig-12-00244-241.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">threatened</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.fil Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:50:10 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17464 at http://wunc.org Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims Hearts and Mines http://wunc.org/post/hearts-and-mines <p>Russell Snyder was a patriotic American who joined the Army after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.</p><p>What he saw in Iraq changed his view of the war and America's role in it. His new book,<a href="http://www.casematepublishing.com/title.php?isbn=9781612001050"> "Hearts and Mines: A Memoir of Psychological Warfare in Iraq"</a> (Casemate/2012), chronicles his experiences during combat. Snyder joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the book and what shifted his perspective on the conflict.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:51:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Alex Granados 4072 at http://wunc.org Hearts and Mines